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Accounting and finance is changing. The days of stereotypical accountants - grey men, in grey suits doing grey things - are long gone. Finance and accounting teams are now staffed and led by a diverse range of professionals who have phenomenal business skills and have taken varied - inspiring - journeys to get to where they are. In this podcast, we speak to these leaders who have used their finance and accounting backgrounds to forge unconventional and exciting career paths.We want to inspire the next generation of leaders within the finance world to take control of their career trajectory and to do that we’ll be asking influential leaders to open up about their career journeys once they used their finance and accounting backgrounds as a launchpad. In a series of open and inspiring conversations, we’ll discover what it takes to use a finance background to get to the top, whether that staying in finance or moving into something completely different. We discuss the importance of career milestones, plotting a viable career path, overcoming mistakes, and the influential people who helped and supported today’s finance leaders. This podcast is a platform for sharing the stories behind career progression that starts in one place - a finance qualification - but can take you anywhere.

The Variants Analysis Adrian O'Connor

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Accounting and finance is changing. The days of stereotypical accountants - grey men, in grey suits doing grey things - are long gone. Finance and accounting teams are now staffed and led by a diverse range of professionals who have phenomenal business skills and have taken varied - inspiring - journeys to get to where they are. In this podcast, we speak to these leaders who have used their finance and accounting backgrounds to forge unconventional and exciting career paths.We want to inspire the next generation of leaders within the finance world to take control of their career trajectory and to do that we’ll be asking influential leaders to open up about their career journeys once they used their finance and accounting backgrounds as a launchpad. In a series of open and inspiring conversations, we’ll discover what it takes to use a finance background to get to the top, whether that staying in finance or moving into something completely different. We discuss the importance of career milestones, plotting a viable career path, overcoming mistakes, and the influential people who helped and supported today’s finance leaders. This podcast is a platform for sharing the stories behind career progression that starts in one place - a finance qualification - but can take you anywhere.

    Understanding the importance of diversity with Chianeva George, CFO and CHRO at The New Georgia Project.

    Understanding the importance of diversity with Chianeva George, CFO and CHRO at The New Georgia Project.

    The topic of diversity and inclusion in the workplace is an important one, and rightly so. However, too often D&I is spoken about as a “marketing tactic” and not with genuine intentions. 
    For this installment of The Variants Analysis, we speak to diversity expert Chianeva George, CFO and CHRO at The New Georgia Project, as she explains how she is tackling voters rights in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 
    With our host Adrian O’Connor, George discusses in detail about the hardships women (and particularly women of colour) face at work, and what we collectively can do about it in the finance industry and beyond. 
    This episode contains some hard truths and important conversations centred around diversity and inclusion, making it one not to be missed. Click here to listen in full. 

    • 45 min
    Buster Kennett, CFO and financial leader | Finding success in unexpected places

    Buster Kennett, CFO and financial leader | Finding success in unexpected places

    The world of accounting and finance is changing rapidly. The old ways of doing business no longer work in the modern era. And that’s exactly why we’ve launched The Variants Analysis podcast. Listen now to episode 5 of our first season to hear all about the changing business landscape and how to find success in 2021.
    In this episode, our host Adrian O’Connor, founding partner of Global Accounting Network, speaks to CFO and finance leader, Buster Kennett about his experience and unconventional career path. 
    Buster Kennett has had an interesting career since 1989 when he started as an auditor at KPMG. He has since travelled the world, working in five different countries, and gained a wealth of experience in a number of areas. While his success has not been linear, it has been definite. He’s worked for big names like Sara Lee and Brambles, as well as taken time off to focus on what matters to him most. 
    On the podcast today, Buster speaks about taking time off to travel, gaining new experiences, and finding success in unexpected places. Where other people see career risks, he sees career opportunities. He has some interesting advice for hiring managers and people looking to advance their careers. 

    To listen to Buster’s fascinating story, click here to enjoy the full episode. If you’d like to find out more, contact Adrian or Buster via LinkedIn. 

    • 56 min
    Gavin Adair, Chief Executive Officer at Rosa's Thai Cafe | Career risks and becoming a CEO of a 30 restaurant group

    Gavin Adair, Chief Executive Officer at Rosa's Thai Cafe | Career risks and becoming a CEO of a 30 restaurant group

    Are you a qualified accountant and ever questioned whether it’s the job you really want?
    In this episode of The Variants Analysts, trainee chartered accountant turned hospitality CEO Gavin Adair joins our host Adrian O’Connor to discuss his somewhat unconventional career path.
    Gavin, by his own admission, is an accountant that should never have been an accountant. After receiving A-Level results that meant he couldn’t study law at any of his preferred universities, Gavin chose the accountancy route as a way in. 
    From there, Gavin continued to build his career in the world of finance by becoming a trainee accountant at Grant Thornton, where he would go on to succeed at every venture and end up travelling and working overseas.
    Still, Gavin knew that finance wasn’t what he really wanted to do. 
    After taking risks and substantial pay cuts, Gavin arrived in the hospitality industry where he was able to reach the point he is at today - CEO of a 30 restaurant group and very successful delivery business, Rosa’s Thai Cafe.
    To listen to Gavin’s unmissable advice about taking the step from finance to an alternative industry, click here for the full episode. If you’d like to find out more, contact Adrian or Gavin on LinkedIn.

    • 47 min
    Edward Jamieson, Finance Director UK at JUST EAT | How a career doesn’t need to be limited to the big four to be successful and fulfilling

    Edward Jamieson, Finance Director UK at JUST EAT | How a career doesn’t need to be limited to the big four to be successful and fulfilling

    Welcome to another episode of our podcast, The Variants Analysis, hosted by Global Accounting Network’s founding partner, Adrian O’Connor.


    Listen and be inspired as we hear from business leaders who have used their finance and accounting backgrounds to forge unconventional and exciting career paths.


    In this episode, Adrian is joined by Edward Jamieson, Finance Director UK at JUST EAT, who we’re all probably quite familiar with for a well-deserved Friday night off cooking.


    Edward talks about his extensive experience in the world of finance, and how a career doesn’t need to be limited to the big four to be successful and fulfilling. He discusses the steps taken and the skills he developed along the way that helped propel him to where he is now and his professional success.


    To hear Edward Jamieson’s invaluable insights,  listen to the full episode. If you’d like to find out more, contact Adrian O'Connor on LinkedIn.

    • 34 min

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