Hard work adds up for local accountant

Keira Malkowska, who has won two top prizes in her recent accountancy exams.
Keira Malkowska, who has won two top prizes in her recent accountancy exams.

An Angus accountant has been hailed one of the top students in the country following her accountancy exams.

Keira Malkowska (28), who is now a Senior Accountant in the Forfar office of EQ Chartered Accountants, has won two Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) examination prizes for the period covering December 2013 to August 2014.

The David Bogie Prize is awarded to the candidate whose performance in Assurance and Business Systems is judged to be ‘most meritorious’, while the John Mann Prize is awarded to the ‘most meritorious’ candidate in relation to Advanced Finance.

Keira was competing against students from throughout the UK and will attend an awards ceremony in April 2015.

After graduating from Edinburgh University in 2007 with a degree in International Business Studies, Keira initially undertook an eight-week Summer placement with EQ in 2010, and built up invaluable experience working on the preparation of accounts jobs.

She was then offered a trainee accountant contract in 2011.

Keira, who lives in Kirriemuir, said she is delighted with her results.

She said: “It was a real surprise to win these awards but I’m extremely happy, and it’s fantastic recognition for all of my hard work.

“I very much hope to continue to develop my career with EQ, and to encourage and inspire the trainees who join the firm in the future.”

Graeme Davidson, partner in the firm, congratulated Keira on her success but said it is a reflection of the preparation and effort she made for the exams.

He said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Keira and is due reward for the hard work she has put in.

“As a firm, we have a strong commitment to staff training and development and Keira’s success follows that of other colleagues in recent years.

“We’re delighted to have people of this calibre working in our business and for our clients.”

Further information about the company is available online at www.eqaccountants.co.uk