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How did you get started in the GFF? Transcript

I joined the Civil Service on the Fast Stream Graduate program, and I did quite a few strategy and policy roles first, but it was when I moved to the Treasury that I became really interested in government finance, and that was because I really saw the power that money and budgets had to drive things to shape really good decisions and to get the organisation and the Civil Service and government really focused on what it is that matters most and how are we making sure that we are getting the results that we want. And finance has a seat at almost every table.

When I left university, I worked in a number of different organisations. It got to a point where I want to become professionally qualified. I found a role and get qualified in the Cabinet Office, and I went on to work in HMRC and now the UK Supreme Court. I do pinch myself sometimes, walk into this fantastic building as a Finance Director,

I was 18 when I joined the Government Finance Function. I hadn't long left education and I was searching for an apprenticeship in finance. I had relatives that worked in the Civil Service and had said it was an amazing place to work. So I kept an eye out on Civil Service jobs and sought an apprenticeship at the Treasury. I applied for the Finance Operations Assistant Apprenticeship and was fortunately successful in securing this position. This meant that I could study my AAT level three whilst also getting experience in a workplace as a Finance Operations Assistant. I was really fortunate to also have a line manager who helped develop me as an individual and as a professional in finance.