Team Talk: Q&A with Mark Upton
As a Chartered Accountant and licensed Insolvency Practitioner, Mark Upton is one of the leading business recovery professionals in East Anglia. He specialises in personal and corporate insolvency work, including formal assignments, pension covenant reviews and independent business reviews, as well as restructuring, and turnaround advice and assistance to companies, lenders and other stakeholders.
With a focus on turnaround and restructuring Mark’s focus is on assisting businesses work through their financial difficulty wherever possible and appropriate and works closely with all stakeholders.
Q: Why did you choose to go into Accountancy?
A: To be honest I probably fell into it rather than chose it! I worked in the procurement department of an engineering firm after finishing university but decided to make applications to accountancy firms whilst I was there. Ironically, given what I do now, the engineering company went into receivership just as I was leaving.
Q: Why did you choose Ensors?
A: The culture, the philosophy of the firm and the people.
I had worked in larger firms previously, but it was immediately clear to me that Ensors had all the technical qualities and attributes of a larger firm whilst retaining the environment for all of the staff to develop and grow.
Q: What do you really enjoy about your job?
A: Given that I am mainly dealing with businesses and individuals in financial distress, there have been very many challenges along the way. But the enjoyment is obtained from making a difference and helping people and businesses turn their lives around.
Q: What is the most unusual task you have been asked to carry out at work?
A: I was appointed Administrator of a company and one of the first things we had to do was work out what we were going to do with the company parrot!
Q: If you could invite any three people to dinner who would they be and why?
A: Nelson Mandela – you just have to, such an extraordinary man.
David Lloyd – to provide some entertainment, cricketing tales and wit.
John Swift – to try and persuade him not to leave Reading FC in the next transfer window!
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