EMMA Locke has always prided herself on improving her skills as an accountant, and soon she could have a prestigious trophy to confirm it.
Ms Locke is a finalist for Young Accountant of the Year at the 2019 Australian Accountant Awards, which will be held at a black-tie event in Sydney next week.
The employee at Atticus Business Accountants said she had been shocked by the result already, calling it an honour.
“I think being a finalist is good enough. I was excited enough being that,” she replied after being asked about her chances of winning the award.
Ms Locke’s short-listing came from demonstrating her commitment to improving her skills, processes and relationships when working with clients.
She said the friendships she had developed with business owners were some of her favourite parts of the job.
“What I wanted to touch on (in my application) is our customers don’t just want compliance, they want guidance and insights into how they can improve their businesses,” Ms Locke said.
“We use our expertise so we can solve higher-level business issues.
“It’s been a major focus point for our firm in the past 12 months.”
Now in her ninth year in the profession, Ms Locke has worked under the same director in May McGarva during that time.
She said the all-female team at Atticus Business Accountants made work a delight.
“I love the team – I’ve got a supportive group of women around me,” she said.
“We just mesh really well. Not everyone can say that they have an awesome boss.
“They’re smart women and want to support each other.”
The Australian Accountant Awards will be held at Star Casino in Sydney on May 24.
Ms Locke, Ms McGarva as well as friends and family will be at the awards.