At the request of the current CASSL executive committee, the LSCA has identified mentors covering a variety of different career paths and sectors that CASSL members may decide to follow and can advise on a number of topics.
These topics include the following:
David Symes Chair of the Compliance Group and current LSCA President
Naima Siddiqi Previous Chair of the Younger Members Group & current LSCA Deputy President
- What the job really involves –whether technical explanations or an example of day to day duties at different levels/niches
- How easy is it to specialise in the area
- What a likely career progression may be (and other related options it may lead to)
- Any other issues (including salary expectations & current buoyancy of job market in area, international transferability etc)
If any other topics of particular interest not otherwise covered, please contact us and we’ll endeavour to see if we can find an additional mentor for that topic
All the following are members of the LSCA Main Committee (and thus well known to the LSCA as knowledgeable & reputable) but all have full time jobs, thus in the first instance please contact by email (with a brief description of your own background & situation) to either request an answer to simple queries by email, or else exchange contacts numbers & set up a suitable time to speak (or even meet, time allowing).
NB this is purely an advisory service offered personally and not intended as a short cut to finding employment nor is any liability due to the ICAEW, LSCA or Mentors (Individually or their Employer)
Compliance/Internal Audit (& HR/Recruitment) – David Symes qualified (1987) with a Top 20 firm then worked in Internal Audit & later Compliance and now runs a recruitment firm specialising in such NB David is Chair of the Compliance Group and current LSCA President
Corporate Finance – Naima Siddiqi qualified (2005) with a City corporate finance firm that she has stayed with throughout and is currently one of the two Directors NB Naima is a previous Chair of the Younger Members Group & current LSCA Deputy President
Investment Banking and Stockbroking – Sukesh Mayor qualified (1989) with a Top 20 firm then moved into a succession of large Banks and smaller Brokerages in increasingly senior finance and/or operations roles
Tax – Justin Bradford qualified (1993) with a small firm then moved to PWC in Corporate Tax since when he has had a variety of tax roles outside practise in both Financial Services and broader Industry & Commerce