I’ve been with Inspire for over 5 years and started as a Junior Accountant in a small team. I am now a Senior Accountant and have the privilege of mentoring the talented Juniors we have.
What I’m truly passionate about is bringing a new perspective of possibilities for clients and showing them the unexplored opportunities of what they can do in their business. Solving complex problems that make clients ‘bury their head in the sand’ is my modus operandi and continually brings a new perspective to the table.
I am consistently turning the impossible into reality for my clients and there’s nothing more blissful than the peace of mind that someone’s looking after them; that is what I provide for my clients.
I am newly wed to my beautiful partner, Fiona, and we have a budding family of three with our precious little 2 year old Dachshund.
I enjoy good stand up comedy – Trevor Noah is always a good listen for me. On the occasional weekend getaway, you can count on finding me with a rod and beer in hand. We love enjoying delectable food and a gentle sea breeze. I stand by the controversial opinion: “fishing is all luck”.
Funnily enough, in school I was quite average in accounting class but found that I had a knack for problem solving. I’ve found my talents in navigating problems unconventionally and looking at it from outside so much so that it has become second nature to me. Solving problems is the most integral part of being a world-class accountant and accounting felt like a perfect fit to me.
I can wholeheartedly say that the culture at Inspire is my favourite thing about working here bar none. We have such a tight-knit support network, both personally and professionally, that we can always count on. That level of trust and reliability I’ve only ever found working here. It’s amazing.
The biggest impact I’ve made in my career is revolutionising Inspire’s processes and employee development. Resultantly, I’ve been able to garner the untapped potential of people’s abilities and talents which ultimately allowed the firm to flourish.The influence and impact I’ve put forth transcends any accolade or sales milestone of mine.
Hamish and Andy (comedy) and Casefile (true crime)
My sustainable development goals of choice are 4 and 5. I personally feel that quality education and gender equality are the cornerstones for sustained quality of life.
I’ve been at Inspire for just a short while and the experience has been extremely enjoyable thus far. I’ve found myself to be quite busy and I’ve really appreciated the routine I’ve introduced into my day. The journey has been eye opening and is what I’m looking forward to most.
The seniors and managers here are so approachable and that has greatly assisted me with my personal self-development and resultantly that has made every aspect of technical training a breeze for me and tenfold more enjoyable than what I had anticipated.
I find the most fulfilment in doing real work that helps businesses beyond compliance. If a client has a question that they need advice on, assisting them in a timely manner helps them make informed choices and drives value for them and myself.
Outside of Inspire, I love hanging out with friends. I’ve recently just begun bouldering, a style of indoor climbing, and it’s been such a joy to experience with friends. It’s definitely exhausting, but so far, I love it. I’d also say that I’m a big fan of going to the cinemas to watch a movie from time to time.
I tend to find myself in a lot of deep and meaningful conversations with my closest friends. We sit down, talk for extended hours and occasionally arrive at existential crises’, but I still love it. My family also has a Pomeranian, called Candy, whom I don’t see often but can’t get enough of.
The people. There is a sincere feeling of care amongst the whole Inspire family. We are highly goal driven but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying our time at work and in life. I can also see how our team’s energy extends to our clients as I’ve seen my colleagues talk and interact with clients the same way they would each other.
It’s an incredibly warm feeling to witness my team having a genuine drive to do by our clients and produce the best work for them.
I’ve always taken an interest in business. I recognised that solutions to a lot of problems start in accounting. Usually, it’s the first actionable step when diagnosing problems and If you do it properly, you can forecast a lot. I also like that it’s factual in nature. Dad had a bookshop since I was young. I would help around and be exposed to a lot more aspects of business as I grew up.
The biggest impact I’ve made is freeing up a lot of my senior accountants’ time so that they can focus more on execution. Taking more off their plate has allowed them to deliver more informed client-related advice and they now have noticeably more capacity to fulfil client requirements which increases our business’ overall output.
I highly recommend ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey, ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki and ‘Talking to Strangers’ by Malcolm Gladwell. I’ve adopted a lot of the philosophies in these books within business and life.
I would have to choose Quality education, and Reduced Inequalities. Quality Education can solve everything. I feel that in time, the other development goals will vanish, once educated. Reduced Inequalities, I feel, is an umbrella goal for a lot of human rights associated development goals and shouldn’t be a problem by default.
I’ve been with Inspire for 5 years and it has been an extraordinary experience. I honestly can’t see myself working somewhere else because the atmosphere is so unique. My work colleagues are the closest thing I have to family in terms of mindset as well as how you’re allowed to be yourself and you’re able to express yourself without limitation.
I have a number of friends that are business owners and I can see how much they struggle sometimes. Internally, I can feel super close to business owners, I feel empathetic for them in terms of how difficult it can be to not have someone there to support you and I understand how daunting it can be to have that wavering uncertainty above your head. This is a huge motivator for me to make a meaningful difference in others’ livelihoods.
You can find me dancing salsa 6 days a week as I am an instructor. I picked up Salsa because It has a strong connection with Latin-American culture and I grew up listening to my dad playing salsa music. For me, it’s a way of staying connected to my family and my heritage.
You can also find me doing countless activities; I indulge in books, going to the movies and playing a variety of sports, my favourite being futsal.
Lately, I love to try my hand at playing musical instruments; Latin-American instruments to be precise. I enjoy playing the conga and bongo drums, and I’m currently learning how to play the saxophone – whenever I have the time to.
I studied accounting when I was in high school and learnt the basics. Accounting came quite easily to me – I got good grades as a student and never really struggled. I asked my mum for her opinion and she suggested accounting to me for my choice of tertiary study, and here I am today.
The culture and the people I work with. Ben is amazing, probably the best boss I’ve ever had. I also like that we are very proactive and stay up to date with technology, systems, and we’re always open to change. It’s a great environment that facilitates fast learning and we all support each other with each other’s growth. You never feel alone at any point as there’s always someone who’s eager to offer their hand.
I had a major contribution in the systems that we’ve adopted here at Inspire. Our main systems that we use has a huge influence on our productivity and being able to be more efficient, have more control, and a better overview of what we have in our hands. My impact, I feel, had a direct correlation with Inspire’s output as well as rate of growth.
I’m currently enjoying a book called ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari. I’d also recommend ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. A must watch Netflix series I’ve recently binged is ‘The Queen’s Gambit’.
I’d have to choose climate action and quality education. Earth is home and we only have 1, so we shouldn’t take it for granted. Given the statistics, it’s something that we need to take immediate action towards. As for quality education, knowledge is the most important resource that a human being can have with enough knowledge, comes freedom.
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