McAuley Alumni


CATHERINE FLETCHER NAMED YOUNG ACCOUNTANT OF THE YEAR

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Catherine left McAuley in 2010. She spent a year working at Savio House retreat centre and then applied to KPMG in Leeds.

Catherine has been a regular contributor to our LAMA sessions.

Catherine Fletcher from KPMG in Leeds has been awarded the prestigious Sharp Consultancy 'Young Accountant of the Year' accolade for 2017. The award was presented to Catherine at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The competition was established in 2000 and is run by the financial recruitment specialists Sharp Consultancy in conjunction with the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants. The awards recognise the best of the region's accountants who are either training to be qualified or have been qualified for up to two years.

The judges commended Catherine for her commitment to her chosen career, and for excelling in each of the assessment areas, adding that she had a star quality ahead of her peers.

Lee Sweeney, regional director at Sharp Consultancy who was one of the panel of judges to interview each of the finalists said: "Having been involved in this competition for each of the seventeen years it has been run, I – and the other judges – were once again impressed by the high standard of entrants. Catherine is an extremely worthy winner from a hugely talented group of individuals and she clearly proved her capabilities and commitment to furthering her career. She should be very proud of her achievements."

Catherine Fletcher said: "Leeds is a vibrant and exciting place to do business and it's a privilege to receive the recognition of my peers at LCASS. I joined KPMG on the Audit School Leaver Programme when I was 19 and have always been encouraged to succeed and develop my skills further. I'm keen to pass on this support to the next generation. As part of my role, I'm now lucky enough to visit schools in and around Leeds to speak to pupils about the different routes into accountancy now available. It's fantastic to see the positive effect it has on students, with so many showing an interest in a career in our profession."

Catherine also got a write up in the national internal news bulletin as one of 6 KPMG power woman in aid of International Women's Day.


COLIN LUNN - AWARDED HIGHEST BRITISH MILITARY HONOURS FROM PRINCE OF WALES FOR BRAVERY

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Colin Lunn was awarded one of Britain's highest military honours from the Prince of Wales. The former McAuley School student, was honoured at Buckingham Palace with other soldiers who were being awarded medals for bravery.

Capt. Lunn, aged 26, was handed the Military Cross for his actions in braving the bullets of the battlefield to capture an enemy outpost.
His medal citation read: "Through his initiative, courage and aggression Lunn has, on numerous occasions, taken the fight to the enemy and defeated him. "For his complete disregard for his own safety, his repeated acts of conspicuous gallantry, and his determination and fighting spirit throughout six months of arduous operations, Lunn deserves significant public recognition."Capt. Lunn said: "I am deeply honoured to receive the award and will wear the medal for the entire team and our Afghan colleagues that we fought beside."











MAX SCOTT

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Based in Bournemouth, Teaching Religion, Philosophy and Ethics to Years 7-11. Studied Theology at University of Chester.

"This year I'm the Head of Year 8, which is a pastoral role.

"The pastoral roles in schools are difficult and challenging in a unique way because they're completely reactive, but they're incredibly rewarding because you have a direct influence on these children's lives. It takes more investment time-wise and emotionally, but it's totally worth it when there's that breakthrough moment with a kid who's struggling at school or home.

"It's the most rewarding thing I've ever done so I'll happily get up at 6 in the morning to go in. Even though I work really long days, I feel that I've never done anything as valuable or enriching – in a selfish way because when you're having a tiring day mentoring 300 children and they make you laugh, it's absolutely brilliant." "Teach First lets you progress faster than a lot of other jobs. There's a strong relationship between the schools and Teach First because the calibre of grads coming through are very hard working so schools trust them.

"They're really dedicated to investing in young leaders. They know retention rates in teaching aren't great, so they invest in people like me and give us responsibility so we can make more of an impact and are more likely to stay in the job. "I've come straight out of uni into teaching, so after a few years I may travel for a bit or try something else as I don't want to dedicate my entire life to one profession. I want to try other things – whether that's working for the Civil Service or volunteering teaching abroad – but I'll always come back to teaching."

KATIE BROOKES

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 Katie Brookes left McAuley in 2008. Katie was one of the first to get Midwifery from A Levels.

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