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March 11, 2024

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Meet Sophie Fidler, our Assistant Accountant!

I have been working with the Trust for nearly 2 and a half years. Firstly, I started as a Level 3 AAT apprentice, and after completing this in July 2023, I have now started to study AAT Level 4. I believe that joining the Trust has been one of the best decisions I have made. I have gained such vital and varied experience in finance, and I don’t believe I could have gained it anywhere else!

From starting the apprenticeship to where I am now, I have come a long way. Not only with finance but also in areas such as communication, organisation, and confidence. Working in the Central Team has allowed me to understand many other aspects of a Multi-Academy Trust. From sectors such as Premises, ICT, Governance, as well as supporting school admins, speaking to parents, Headteachers, and our CEO.

I work alongside our CFO, Anna Bogunovic, and since she started in post, I have gained so much knowledge and experience from her. While currently my main focus is on the purchase-to-pay processes, I am also being introduced to Management Accounts. I am becoming familiar with journals and budget monitoring, which is something I will study through my AAT Level 4 course. I work regularly with our Office Managers and School Admin staff to share my knowledge and guide them through our finance systems, helping them with any queries. The experience and qualifications I am gaining from such a young age are something I am really grateful for and I am keen to continue to develop and learn new things to support my career in finance.

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