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Interview with a Professional in Finance: Lucy Ainscough, Corporate Finance Executive, EY

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What was your first job?

I was a waitress in a local pub when I was 14. It taught me to write things down wherever possible.

Did you ever imagine to be undertaking your current role? If not, what did you want to be doing?

When I first started looking at jobs in Accountancy I didn’t really understand what the Corporate Finance division did, and so couldn’t have imagined myself working on transactions within Corporate Finance. I did always think I would be an Accountant though, so got that bit right.

Which parts of your role are the most enjoyable, and which parts are the most challenging?

The most enjoyable part is when a transaction closes, and you know that a new school or hospital will then start being built as a result. The most challenging part of the job is balancing tight timescales with the need for accuracy and thoroughness. It’s a pretty constant challenge, but the good news is that it improves with time and experience.

How do you balance your work and personal life?

I have to balance my work at EY with chairing the BPS Social & Culture committee and my personal life! I have learnt to be efficient, and to work to the maximum never putting off to tomorrow what you can do today. I don’t waste any time in my working day, which (usually!) means I am able to enjoy hosting BPS Social & Culture committee events, and when these aren’t on, I have some free time to spend with my friends and family. I also prioritise spending time with my boyfriend once a week above all other things because it’s important to me.

What advice would you give a young professional wanting to progress in your industry?

The hard work you put in at the beginning, asking lots of questions and volunteering to take on additional responsibilities, will pay dividends later on.

What do you hope to be doing in ten years’ time?

Partner in Corporate Finance at EY.

What’s the best tip or piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.

What do you enjoy the most in/about Birmingham?

Bodega, Rico Libre and Loki.