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How Did I Get Here? Steve Gale, Horwath Clark Whitehill

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11th Jan 2005
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Currently an Audit and Assurance partner in Horwath Clark Whitehill's Professional Practices Group, Steve Gale spills the beans on his career to date.

All the previous career profiles can also be seen in the special How Did I Get Here? page.

Current job title

Audit and Assurance partner in Horwath Clark Whitehill's Professional Practices Group, specialising in LLPs.

Describe your initial training within the profession

I trained with the firm's Thames Valley office after graduating in 1989. I qualified in 1992 after first-time passes.

What positions have you held?

After five years in the audit department in Thames Valley, I joined the firm's Technical Department in the London office where I stayed for six years before going into the Assurance, Business and Tax unit and becoming a partner in 2001.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering the profession?

Do a degree in a subject that stimulates and interests you - if that is accountancy then all well and good, but it is not necessary for your career. Then when choosing a firm, find one which matches your personality and outlook on life. Remember that the Big 4 is not for everyone and it is possible to have a very challenging and rewarding professional life in any firm, regardless of size.

Is there a significant event you can tell us about which had an impact on your career?

When in the Technical Department, I was asked to assist one of our partners in a very high profile forensic case which kept me occupied full-time for the best part of a year. I learnt how auditors and lawyers are very different creatures - lawyers are very precise, which perhaps is not always the auditors' view of life!

What is your overall view of the finance industry and the people in it?

I deal with a lot of professionals who are all extremely able in their own particular field. It is very challenging to find ways of interacting with them and finding solutions to their problems. The vast majority are also extremely nice people.

Who most inspired you to get where you are today?

That's difficult as I have been encouraged and supported by so many people in the firm over the last 15 years. Perhaps I should mention Patrick O'Neill, who was the partner who interviewed me for my training contract and who gave me some gentle 'encouragement' to get my finger out and pass my final exams! I now enjoy his company in partners' meetings.

What has been your greatest achievement?

Along with my wife Claire, becoming a parent to Matthew who was born on 12 November 2004.

Previous career profiles
All the previous career profiles can also be seen in the special How Did I Get Here? page.

Have you got any useful insights or cautionary tales that could provide useful pointers to aspiring accountants? If you would like to contribute to the 'How Did I Get Here' feature please email our employment correspondent: Dawn-Marie Dart

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