ICAS names Hamisha Mehta as top young chartered accountant for 2019

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) has named Hamisha Mehta as the top young chartered accountant for 2019.

ICAS names Hamisha Mehta as top young chartered accountant for 2019

Hamisha Mehta (Photography by Paul Stuart)

The announcement was made last night as part of the global One Young CA competition in London, where the young and upcoming talent of the business and finance profession were celebrated.

ICAS chief executive Bruce Cartwright said: “This year, ICAS’ global competition recognised 100 young CAs for their extraordinary talent – those who have excelled in their field, who have pursued new and innovative career paths, and who have dedicated their time and passion to a worthy cause.

“I would like to congratulate every one of those on the list for their contribution and commitment to being a CA.”

Mrs Mehta, senior commercial financial manager at pladis, stood out as an inspiring role model due to her career success, enthusiasm and forward-thinking approach. She has taken an active role in helping to drive cultural change within her organisation through the Being Me initiative, aimed at promoting good mental health.

Mrs Mehta said: “I’m incredibly honoured to win the One Young CA award. I hope that I can represent ICAS at the One Young World Summit and really show what the new generation of chartered accountants is about.

“Thank you to ICAS and also to my husband who’s been an amazing support and encouraged me to get involved with more things. This has allowed me to take my CA career to the next level.”

Mrs Mehta, who is based in London, will represent ICAS and the chartered accountancy profession at the One Young World Summit in London later this year. The summit brings together inspiring young people who are committed to making a positive difference.

Winners of the Top 100 young CAs competition were also announced in each of the three categories of Technology, Trust and Talent.

In addition to being named One Young CA, Mrs Mehta was the winner in the Talent category.

She said: “Every CA demonstrates the Talent aspect of the CA Agenda, so winning this award is a huge honour. I hope my journey inspires other Young CAs to understand and expand their sphere of influence.”

This year’s Technology winner, Gareth Lewis, is the chief executive and co-founder of Delio, based in Cardiff.

He said: “At Delio, we continuously see how our technology helps a range of financial institutions connect with investors in the private markets in real-time. Our technology has become an efficient solution that helps some of the world’s biggest financial institutions do more for their high-net-worth clients. To have my journey to date recognised by ICAS is incredible.”

Colleen Welsh, business solutions senior at Johnston Carmichael in Edinburgh, is this year’s Trust winner.

She said: “From being a young woman who thought that being a chartered accountant ‘wasn’t for people like me’ to being recognised by my institute and winning an award relating to such an important topic is nothing short of mind-blowing.”

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