Charlotte Mortlock - Senior Accountant
Charlotte joined Ensors formally in June 2013, after graduating from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Mathematics with Philosophy, having previously completed summer work experience at the firm. In September 2016 she successfully completed her ACA qualification, progressing to a Senior Accountant in the Business Services Department at our Bury St Edmunds office. Charlotte assists in providing a range of accountancy and auditing services to SMEs, most of whom are locally based.
Having an agricultural background, she has an insider's perspective on the industry and understands the challenges facing farmers in the modern world. However, she also has an enquiring mind and enjoys widening her experience by working with a range of companies in different industry sectors.
Q: Why did you choose to go into accountancy?
A: I figured that people and businesses will always have to pay tax, and therefore they’re likely to always need accountants (although, now that they are ‘Making Tax Digital’ I may learn to regret saying that). This and the fact that during my first summer break from university I was encouraged by my father to get a job. He suggested Ensors and I must’ve quite enjoyed it as I’m still here.
Q: Why did you choose Ensors?
A: As a company I think it’s the ideal size to work for. I don’t just feel like I’m a cog in wheel because I can see the purpose behind what I’m doing and I’m not just crunching my way through numbers (seemingly) for the sake of it. That said, there’s still opportunity for progression and it’s possible to try your hand at a range of different areas. I also like that although there’s a time to get work done, we also have a laugh too, and everyone (even the partners sometimes) gets involved.
Q: What do you really enjoy about your job?
A: I enjoy the variety of work and the fact that no two days are the same – I think it could get very boring otherwise! I also enjoy going along to networking events, I like getting to meet and chat different people you wouldn’t necessarily usually mix with to get a bit of a different perspective on things.
Q: If you had to do something different and money and skill was no object, what would you do?
A: I love cooking so I would love to do something food-related. I wouldn’t necessarily want to be a chef, as I think working in a hot, fast-paced kitchen for long hours would be really stressful. So I think I would probably prefer to be a food writer or something along those lines – something a bit more chilled that involved trying lots of nice food.
Q: What is the most unusual task you have been asked to carry out at work?
A: A client’s email account got hacked once and I had to ring him up to check that he hadn’t actually been kidnapped and wasn’t actually being held in Croatia (I’m not sure what I would have done if he had been). Another time I found a client’s wedding ring in his books and records – he seemed quite relieved that it had been found.
Q: What was your first day at work like?
A: I honestly can’t really remember my first ever day, which can only mean it wasn’t too traumatic! For my first month or so I didn’t really have a clue what was going on; I’d never even seen a set of accounts before. My colleague Adrian trained me, and luckily he was very patient and somehow put up with me constantly asking for help!
Q: Who’s your favourite band/singer?
A: I have a very eclectic taste in music and so I wouldn’t really say I have a favourite! I’m gradually getting more and more out of touch with chart music which makes me feel very old (they just don’t make them like they used to anymore).