Meston Reid & Co brings new accountancy trainees on board



Aberdeen-based chartered accountancy firm Meston Reid & Co has continued its policy of nurturing professional talent by taking on three new trainees and a placement student.

Kendall Gibson, ICAS trainee accountant, Natalia Cram, placement student, Jonathan Bain, ICAS trainee accountant, Cara Wilson, ICAS trainee accountant and Louise Smith.

Its trio of trainees – Jonathan Bain, Cara Wilson and Kendall Gibson – have recently graduated from Robert Gordon University (RGU) with First Class Honours degrees in Accounting and Finance and are now ICAS trainee accountants. Natalia Cram is now on a placement with the firm in the third year of her RGU studies.

Meston Reid & Co has a long track record of supporting the next generation of accountants – it has accepted placement students from RGU’s Accountancy and Finance degree in all but two of the past 24 years.

The three will be undertaking their ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) training and exams. Jonathan Bain attended Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen before his RGU degree while Kendall Gibson was a pupil at Banchory Academy. Cara Wilson, who attended Oldmachar Academy, obtained an HND at North East Scotland College while working as a tax administrator prior to her university studies. Placement student Natalia is originally from Middlesbrough and a former pupil of Bridge of Don Academy.

Louise Smith, business services manager in the audit and accounts department, was Meston Reid’s first student placement before going on to gain her Accountancy and Finance degree from Robert Gordon University. After University, she became a qualified chartered accountant with ICAS - the same route that the new trainees will follow.

She said: “We recognise the importance of investing in the future of our profession and have an excellent record of developing and training young accountants. We are pleased to welcome all four of our newest additions to the team.”

Meston Reid & Co also offers a Graduate Apprenticeship Scheme in which students work for the practice while studying for a degree in Accountancy and Finance.

The apprenticeship is a collaboration between RGU, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and ICAS.



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