Staff Stories

Don’t just take our word for it – have a look at what some of our employees say about their time as a school/college leaver or graduate trainee at Albert Goodman.

Graduates
Manager
Joseph Doggrell

I joined Albert Goodman in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree from Bath University. My degree included a year’s intern placement at Mars UK where I specialised in procurement for Western Europe.

Starting at Albert Goodman my training needs were immediately supported, ensuring I had the best support to undertake examinations and I had a solid development plan which challenged and supported me throughout the 3 year training contract. After initially working within our farming department I transferred to our audit and assurance department. The firm has many different specialist departments giving you the opportunity to develop your career in your area of interest.

Since qualification I have been given a plethora of opportunities to develop including overseeing a number of clients and specialising in charities and academies accounting. Albert Goodman is a very friendly and sociable firm. The firm will push you guaranteeing that you are constantly involved with new challenges. Life here is never dull!

Manager
Jenny Cotton

I joined in May 2011 having graduated from university with a degree in English. I began the ACA qualification in September of the same year and have now completed twelve of the fifteen exams required to become a chartered accountant.

Albert Goodman provides an excellent training programme and I have been fully supported throughout my studies to date. In terms of the formal support provided by the firm, and from the continued support of my colleagues which has proved to be invaluable. I have found that the people I work with are always happy to put time aside to help and to answer any questions that I may have.

The work is varied and it is interesting to come across a diverse range of clients. My department make a conscious effort to provide me with a wide variety of work which means that there is rarely a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new. I find Albert Goodman to be a friendly and sociable workplace.

Trainees
Kayleigh Holloway
Business Services

I joined Albert Goodman in August 2012 after finishing my A level exams. I had very little experience or previous knowledge of accountancy, and right from the start the firm supported my learning and development. In September 2012 I began studying for AAT level 3 at evening classes, which allowed me to progress with on-the-job training as well as building on theoretical knowledge. In September 2013 I moved on to study the ICAEW’s Certificate of Finance, Accounting and Business qualification (CFAB), which is a non-graduate route in to their ACA qualification. With the continuing support of Albert Goodman I completed CFAB in August 2014 and I have now moved on to become an ACA trainee.

Albert Goodman have also helped develop my confidence at a pace that suits me, encouraging me to have more contact with clients and giving me greater opportunities to add value to our clients’ businesses. The amount of support I have received is brilliant and I am glad that I can now contribute to the success of future trainees by becoming involved in helping new members of staff get to grips with their work and answering their day-to-day queries.

Experienced professionals
Training Partner
Alison Kerr

I have responsibility for training. Our objective is to recruit the best people, give them the first-rate technical and skills training and continue to provide a stimulating and motivating environment in which to work.

I qualified in 1990 with a large firm in London and with three years of audit experience left to try my hand working within finance teams. I learnt a huge amount working within organisations including a merchant bank and a small high tech engineering business before returning to work in practice.

I joined Albert Goodman in 2000 and immediately knew this was the firm for me. Working within the audit team in a regional firm provides real variety and the opportunity to get to know our clients and their businesses well. I also have a number of non-fee earning responsibilities which provide a different perspective and great job satisfaction. Every day is different!

Trainee to Partner
Michael Cahill

I am a prime example of Albert Goodman’s commitment to training and development and the opportunities that are available for progression within the firm.

I  joined Albert Goodman after completing my A Levels in 1999, and spent 4 ½ years in our Yeovil office. During this time I completed my ACA qualification and gained a wide range of experience in areas including accounts preparation, audit, personal and corporate tax, and trust accounts and tax.

I then spent 18 months in our Chard Office managing a portfolio of owner managed business before moving again in 2005 to join the Corporate Team in our Taunton Office where I took on responsibility for managing a portfolio of larger and more complex clients. This was a big jump – I was 23 at that time, my biggest client in Chard turned over approximately £5m where-as in Taunton it was £80m – but it was great to know that I had the support of the partners and my colleagues to succeed in the role.

In the last 10 years I have progressed from Manager to Senior Manager and then earlier this year I became a Partner in the firm and now have responsibility for running a client portfolio in Taunton as well as the integration and growth of our new Burnham office.

If you’re looking for a firm which is an enjoyable place to work, offers great training, and plenty of opportunity for progression and development, you’ve found it!

Tax Manager
Tara Hayes

I joined Albert Goodman in 2003 as an ATT trainee within the tax department, having completed my A Levels at Richard Huish College in Taunton. I had made the decision not to go to university and instead to apply for a position which provided on the job training. I qualified as ATT in November 2004 and had a brief period away from the firm working for another practice in Bristol. I went on to study for CTA which I passed in November 2007.

When I made the decision to return to work for a more local firm again I did not hesitate to contact Albert Goodman. The people are really friendly and have always been supportive towards me. I have now progressed within the firm to be a tax manager, still within the tax department. I love my job because every day is different and the variety of work is huge. As well as managing a portfolio of clients I also get involved with lots of one-off projects including inheritance tax planning, capital gains tax advice and remuneration planning. I also specialise in the tax treatment and reporting of benefits in kind for employers. I have the opportunity to interact with lots of staff within the firm, from across all the different offices and departments, as well as with clients and other professionals.

As well as the technical client work I am also involved in providing training to other members of staff, representing my department on the staff forum and am taking a more active role in the workflow and management of staff within my department. This has given me the opportunity to gain and use lots of different skills. I feel that I am very fortunate to genuinely enjoy the job that I do.