A CORPORATE finance executive has become one of the first people in the region to achieve a new industry qualification.
Joanne Pratt, who is an investment executive with regional fund management firm NEL Fund Managers, has been awarded the diploma in corporate finance by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).
Ms Pratt is one of a few outside London to hold this qualification and is now going on to study for the advanced diploma, which she is aiming to pass by early next year.
The corporate finance qualification is a three-stage programme – certificate, diploma and advanced diploma – designed to develop candidates’ analytical skills and technical knowledge of corporate finance through education and work experience.
In the past few months, Ms Pratt has combined her everyday role at NEL with blocks of lecture and study time in London and believes the new course is especially valuable for keeping students up to date with industry developments.
She said: “Our industry is fast-paced and fluid by its very nature and the course has provided a great deal of information and interpretative advice on the very latest developments, all of which are highly relevant to my day-to-day role.
“Having this qualification sets a benchmark for the work I do and demonstrates a specific level of corporate finance expertise, something I hope to improve even further with the advanced diploma.
“The NEL management team has always been very keen on staff development and I’m extremely grateful for their support around this course through the provision of my course fees and the study leave needed to complete my work.”
NEL Fund Managers provides equity, debt and mezzanine finance investments to businesses across the region, making more than 200 investments in the past five years.