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Pat Eckersall

After university Pat qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. Her interests in accounting developments and training started here.

At Arthur Andersen her clients included an abattoir and an advertising agency, although most of her work was in the manufacturing and retail sectors. She was recruited to the training faculty of the firm wide audit staff training school, with responsibility for equipping graduate entrants with essential accounting and auditing skills. After five years in accounting practice, Pat joined one of the UK’s leading accountancy training providers further developing her technical and training skills, becoming the national head of the accounting and audit faculty. Ten years later she co-founded a tailored in-house training company, CTG, which was sold twelve years later to an AIM listed company. Here Pat trained investment bankers in accounting, valuation and financial modelling, working in London and other financial centres including New York and Tokyo.

As well as training analysts on comprehensive initial training programmes, she developed and presented modules for experienced bankers as part of their ongoing development programmes. She has also coached managing directors, working with international sportsmen and senior government treasury officials. She worked with investment banks on their transition to IFRS, developing case studies and training their finance teams in Europe, Asia and the United States on the accounting changes. Her clients included Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Rothschild.