Taking Charge of Your Career


23 September, 2021

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST


Taking Charge of Your Career

Location: Virtual

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    1 hour

Join this webinar to hear from senior professionals from different backgrounds on how they have managed their career and applied their CIMA qualifications. Change Recruitment Group, a specialist recruitment consultancy, will also be there to offer hints and tips on job applications and career switch.

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Programme outline

Gail Goodall (Head of Planning, Consolidation & Control, NatWest Group) will share how she made progress towards her career goals, how she developed professionally in her role, maintained work-life balance and transitioned from one role to another.

Ross Gunn will share what employers are looking for when an applicant is seeking a career switch or the next level, and how you can improve your prospect of getting that perfect job. If you are looking to start your own practise, Laurence Hodgens will be sharing insights about their journey about how they made the transition.

In this webinar, the panellists will share how they manage and grow their career, e.g. how they;

  • Have applied their CIMA qualification
  • Continue to develop professionally after getting their qualification
  • Advance towards their career goals
  • Balance career progression and life outside work
  • Transition from one role to another (financial or otherwise) and from one level to the next
  • Transitioning from your current role to becoming a CIMA Member in Practice

Speaker details:

Gail Goodall – NatWest Group | Head of Planning, Consolidation & Control

Gail studied accountancy at Heriot-Watt and has worked mainly in financial services, completing her CIMA training whilst working as a cost accountant at AEGON before moving to NatWest Group. Gail has been with the bank for 14 years, working in Retail Banking, Regulatory Reporting and Financial Planning & Analysis teams before moving to Planning & Performance as Head of Planning, Consolidation & Control in 2020. Previous roles, including Senior Stress Testing Manager and Head of Central Bank Reporting, have covered a broad remit of responsibilities including stress testing, regulatory reporting, change management, risk management and organisation design.

Gail’s current role has involved standing up a new area which includes four new teams, defining the operating model across these teams and undertaking new processes whilst also trying to make existing processes more efficient.

Laurence Hodgens – Hodgens Global

Laurence Hodgens qualified with CIMA many years ago but only 3 years ago did he find out about being a Member in Practice with CIMA. Laurence provides an international client base with tax advisory support to be fully tax compliant, preparing and filing tax returns and reports on various taxation issues including capital gains, trusts and inheritance tax.

Ross Gunn – Change Recruitment

Ross Gunn has worked within the Accountancy & Finance market for 15yrs, and specialises in the placement of Qualified Accountants within Commerce & Industry, across East Central Scotland. Ross works with a wide and varied client base which covers manufacturing, construction, technology, FMCG, and also does a lot of work within the SME space. The type of roles that he would work on range from Newly Qualified, all the way up to Finance Director and CFO.