Lucy’s vision for Accordance VAT puts people at its heart – to harness its experts at every level of the business, enabling people to reach their potential, and facilitating business growth through their empowerment.
Bringing over 20 years of managerial experience to the role, her strategic thinking and knowledge of the developing VAT landscape ensures we are able to drive greater trade, harmony and understanding across Europe.
Tell us a bit about yourself, background and your current role
I am the Managing Director of Accordance VAT, an international VAT compliance and consultancy practice based in Brighton. I was recently appointed to this role, and bring to it over 20 years of managerial experience and growth strategy. Previously I was Director of Sales and Marketing in the company, but overall my time in finance has been relatively short – I’ve only been in the industry six years. Becoming MD of a financial services company is a challenge I’m rising to with passion, excitement, and determination to put people at the heart of everything the company does. A key aspect of my role is to ensure we are able to drive greater trade, harmony and understanding across Europe.
Did you ever sit down and plan your career?
I sat down to plan goals, yearly and five-yearly, but not a career plan as such. The goals I set for myself led to my career evolving – it was a very organic thing.
Have you faced any challenges along the way?
Absolutely. Many. Being in a role with this kind of responsibility takes a lot out of you, professionally and personally. My biggest challenge to date (which remains as such at times) is finding the right balance between my professional and personal life. I care so much about the company, and the people within it, I forget to give myself time to just be me!
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
When I was 28 I purchased a franchise-model business for £75,000. I remember submitting a business plan to the bank and wondering as I walked home who I thought I was. I got an office on The Strand in London and hired a team. I knew nothing about owning a business really, but I did have self-belief. It did not occur to me that I might not be able to do it. That self-belief allowed me to sell it for a healthy profit some years later. That I think is my greatest achievement – along with getting the position as MD at Accordance. Finance is a very male-orientated sector, so…