Laura Brown Manager

What has been your career path so far?

I have always been good with numbers, but accountancy was not something I had ever considered as a career. I studied for a law degree at the University of Nottingham, spending a year abroad studying in Vancouver. As a law student in Canada we were able to provide pro bono legal advice to local charities and I saw first hand how much difference a small amount of help can make.

I had volunteered at my local children’s hospice charity shop throughout my school years and following my time in Canada knew I wanted to be involved in the charity sector. Sayer Vincent were able to offer this whilst training to be a chartered accountant.

What attracted you to Sayer Vincent?

I chose to train at Sayer Vincent as I liked the idea of working with organisations with a social purpose, especially working with smaller charities. Following qualification I decided to stay and become an audit manager to continue working with these organisations who are doing important amazing work on a daily basis.

What do you enjoy about the charity sector?

Since joining Sayer Vincent in 2017 I have seen changes with the impact of the global pandemic and have learned a lot about the sector. There is a huge diversity in how different charities operate, the numerous challenges they face and the way in which they support beneficiaries. It is hugely rewarding to watch the progress the charities we are working with carry out their work and feel I am helping clients face their challenges, provide financial support and strengthening the sector.

What do you get up to outside of work?

I love to travel, with some of my trips taking me to the US, Finland and Japan, with my next trip planned to South Korea . However I will take every chance I have to get back to Canada following my period living there. I also spend a lot of time going to the theatre to see the latest shows, if any recommendations are needed I will be happy to help!