Forward Group has announced that Client Accountant Paul O’Brien successfully completed his ACCA exams to be become a Chartered Certified Accountant.
Paul’s career in the finance industry began as a pensions administrator in 2003.
Paul (pictured) has previously completed an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business and is already a Certified Accounting Technician. He joined Forward Group in August 2020 and heads up for the client accounting function which involves working on a varied portfolio of trust and company structures, as well being the group financial controller working with the board across all business units. In his role, he ensures that clients enjoy an efficient and quality service, liaising with clients, tax authorities and professional advisers.
He said: ‘‘I enjoyed doing the payroll work for clients and tax returns which made me realise that I probably preferred working with numbers. This led to me to move into client accounting functions, which laid the foundations for the wide scope of my role today. I have always enjoyed a challenging work environment where I can test my abilities by working on the more complex issues.’
“I believe in giving Forward Group clients the best possible service and I’m glad my professional journey has reflected this. As a Chartered Certified Accountant, I can continue giving clients an exemplary accounts provision, bringing in further in-depth knowledge and experience to give them secure support.”
Alun Griffiths, Group Founder, said: “Everyone at Forward Group is pleased to see Paul succeed at these exams, and as a Chartered Accountant myself, I understand the amount of work and dedication it takes to succeed at them, especially when your role is based outside of a dedicated accountancy practice. The whole team at Forward sends Paul congratulations on this impressive achievement, which is even more impressive when you consider that he achieved it working in his own time whilst also dealing with his very energetic young son.
“This is the result of the unwavering effort and dedication to growing as a professional. Paul has always put our clients’ best interests at heart, and with this new accreditation clients old and new can be assured their receiving the best service and highest level of professionalism.”