Last year the percentage of woman principles in the ‘Big 3’ was as follows:

PwC: 17% | Deloitte: 15% | KPMG: 13%

Women are making incredible leaps in what is considered a very male dominated industry. While the statistics above might not seem high, they demonstrate a step in the right direction.

The accountancy industry is one of very few traditional industries remaining. However, even in such a conventional industry where it is less common to see females in senior positions, a number of women have worked their way up within their firms.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we got in touch with Senior Manager at EY, Reena Jugdhurry, Executive Vice President at Sage, Jennifer Warawa, and Head of Financial Reporting at RSM, Danielle Stewart OBE and asked them a couple of questions about how they got to where they are today and what they think about the state of the industry for women.

Reena Jugdhurry
Senior Manager, EY

Reena has been with EY since 2008. During this time, she has lived and worked across three different countries and specialised in the audit of private equity real estate funds. Reena qualified in 2007 and is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. See full interview.

Jennifer Warawa
Executive Vice President, Sage

Jennifer has been with Sage since 2008. Prior to working with Sage, she owned her own accounting and consulting firm in Kelowna, BC, Canada for 12 years providing accounting, bookkeeping, consulting services, software training and implementation, business/financial planning services and marketing. 

Jennifer has been recognised by Accounting Today as a ‘Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting’ for the last seven years, a ‘Top 40 Under 40’ for the past six consecutive years by the CPA Practice Advisor, and one of the ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting’ for the last four years running by the CPA Practice Advisor. See full interview.

Danielle Stewart OBE
Head of Financial Reporting, RSM

Danielle is a partner at RSM, where she heads up the firm’s financial reporting service line.

She is a member of the Financial Reporting Council’s committee which maintains UK GAAP. In addition, she is a member of the Financial Reporting Faculty Board at the ICAEW and a key member of their Financial Reporting Committee (FRC).

In 2013, Danielle received an OBE for her services to accountancy and small businesses. See full interview.

It’s inspiring to see women growing in the industry and it’s great to see that so many of them are rising to new heights in their careers. If you know of other female leaders in the accounting or finance sector, that would like to be profiled, reach out and get in touch.

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