Claire Reid, regional leader at PwC Scotland

FIVE staff from PwC Scotland have been named among a list of the Top 100 Young Chartered Accountants (CAs) in the world.

ICAS (the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) has announced the names on its annual showcase of the best and brightest CAs in the world of accounting, finance, and business.

PwC is delighted to have five brilliant young CAs recognised on this year’s list. Andrew Brown, Marcus Hang Cheung Cheng, and Oscar Mullins from the firm’s Edinburgh office have been included, while Craig Charles George French and Lauryn Martin represent the Glasgow office.

The CAs selected in this year’s list all faced an anonymous and rigorous judging process focused on finding young professionals who are outstanding in their field.  An overall winner – the One Young CA 2020 – will be chosen from the Top 100 list in October.  

Claire Reid, Regional Leader at PwC Scotland, commented:

“It’s fantastic to see PwC staff once again feature prominently on the ICAS’ Top 100 Young Chartered Accountants. We have seen many of our staff who have been included on the list go on to hold senior roles within the firm, and so I have great faith that Andrew, Marcus, Oscar, Craig and Lauryn will go on to achieve great things.

“Their talent, dedication and passion for helping to drive PwC’s purpose is to be applauded, and as we work together to help businesses across Scotland with the economic recovery, it gives me great confidence to have such a high calibre of staff.”

ICAS Chief Executive, Bruce Cartwright CA, said: 

“I would like to congratulate all of the exceptional CAs who made it on to this year’s Top 100 Young CAs list. 

“It is a great achievement to make it onto the list and it presents a wonderful chance for these talented young CAs to be recognised by their peers.

“This year’s awards take place against a backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic. The world will need accountants, of all ages, experience and diversity of background, as we navigate the challenging economic and personal impact of this crisis.

“The attributes we highlight in our categories – talent, trust and technology, will help us get there. We applaud the qualities exhibited by these Top 100 CAs aged 35 and under, selected by our panel of expert judges, and indeed many more beyond this group.”

For the 2020 programme, nominations were invited from the CAs themselves and from their peers. 

The three categories of technology, trust and talent in the 2019 programme represent the areas of focus for the CA Agenda, ICAS’ thought leadership initiative launched last year. 

Sixty-seven CAs were successfully nominated in the talent category, 19 in trust and 14 in technology. 

Technology is transforming the accountancy profession and the world in which it operates, and the pace of change is only going to accelerate.  Trust – in accountancy, in business, and in society – has become a critical issue in which accountants are stepping up to play a part. Talent is a theme that runs through all the other issues the profession is facing.