Team Talk with Zoe McLaughlin

Zoe joined Ensors in 1998 as a student accountant, qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2002.  In the early years of her career Zoe worked alongside a wide variety of clients including corporates, partnerships, sole traders and charities before choosing her final career path in Corporate Services. in 2016, she took on responsibility for managing the whole Corporate Services group in Ipswich as well as the specialist Pension team. In 2018 and following a very busy and successful year, Zoe was promoted to a Director and in April 2021 she was again promoted to Associate Partner.

Q:  Why did you choose to go into Accountancy?

A:  I didn’t choose it at all. I wanted to work in Insurance. My first job interview was at an Insurance consultancy firm. When I got there, I realised that the agency had misled me, and the role was in the accounts department studying for AAT. I got the job and I never looked back!

Q:  Why did you choose Ensors?

A:  I moved to Ensors as I wanted to develop beyond AAT and Ensors were offering a study package to progress with the ACCA exams. I was also aware of the strong reputation it had in the local area and was keen to join a growing firm.

Q:  What do you really enjoy about your job?

A:  I love the variety that my role gives me not only in dealing with different business types; Companies, Pensions schemes, Charities but also the variety in sectors; Manufacturing, Software, LATCOs. The list is endless.

As an auditor you are privileged to gain a unique insight into a client’s business and operations and can really add value in advice that is given.

Q:  What is the most unusual task you have been asked to carry out?

A:  I haven’t really been asked to do anything unusual, but I’ve attended some interesting stock takes counting all manner of items in warehouses, in the rain, in hard hats and in steel-toe cap boots!

Q:  What was your first day at work like?

A:  My first day at work was back in May 1998 so I don’t remember it vividly. It was very different back then. Most of our work was done on paper. We had typing pools, dot matrix printers and dial up internet connection!

Q:  What’s your favourite TV programme?

A:  There is nothing better than to round off a hard day at work with a catch up of my favourite soaps; East Enders, Coronation street and if I can fit it in Emmerdale and Holby City…I love them all!


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