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Held to Account – Katie Greet ACA, Accountant.

Another Answer in three words is:

– proactive, friendly, knowledgeable

 

Katie Greet in five words is:

 – hard working, friendly, practical, helpful, busy

 

What led you to become an accountant?

I helped to run our family tourist attraction ‘The Amazing Maze in Maize’, when I was 13. I designed the maze and then was on the admissions gate, letting people in to get lost! When I could drive, I got an ice cream van and started my own little business. So I’ve always had a love of people and business and have always liked numbers – I went on to study Economics at Reading University. After Uni I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so in my spare time I started helping my dad with the bookkeeping for our family farm. I enjoyed it so much I wrote to local accountants and got a job as an ACA student, qualifying to be a Chartered Accountant and the rest is history!

What’s the most demanding aspect of the job?

 – The deadlines. Lots of people work best with a deadline, but I like to have plenty of time to get the work done so I’m not under pressure and have time to do a great job for our clients with as little stress as possible.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of the job?

Working with our clients, who are lovely people, to help them navigate through being a business owner and all that it entails, and ultimately being able to assist them with making business decisions. I also have some brilliant colleagues to work alongside, who are very supportive and inclusive, even though I am in Devon!

   

You have been selected for Team GB in the Olympics. Which sport and why?

– It would have to be skiing at the Winter Olympics! I have always loved skiing and if I could ski every day as an athlete in Team GB, that would be amazing. Although I’m certainly not a frequenter of a black run, I’m definitely an adrenalin junkie (hence the picture!). I have encouraged my husband on another ski trip at the end of the year (fingers crossed) and can’t wait for our toddler to get her first experience of it. It’ll also be our first family holiday.

Where is the finest view in England?

– From the top of our family farm where there is a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside – you can see Exmoor and Dartmoor over 20 miles away on a clear day.

Time travel allows you to attend one historical event. Which one and why?

  – Oh blimey, I don’t know I’m not one for looking at the past, always eager to get on to the next thing! But, if I could, I would go back 12 months and try and stop the spread of Coronavirus.

 

What practical skill would you most like to master?

Pottery. I’ve always loved art and drawing, but I’ve always thought I’d like to try pottery, and the TV program The Great Pottery Throw Down is inspiring with all the wonderful creations, despite the nerve-racking moment finding out if your piece survived the kiln!

 

What is the perfect holiday? 

– I am pretty easily pleased these days when it comes to holidays. Having taken some amazing trips to New Zealand and Australia before I got married, I am just as happy doing DIY on our cottage, spending time with our daughter with a few day trips here and there as a family. However, I wouldn’t say no to sitting on a deserted beach with a glass of wine in the sunshine!

 

Yesterday at Another Answer – what was great about it?  

– Having a down-to-earth conversation with a client about their business and how to survive Covid. Catching up with colleagues on how we can improve things at AA and streamline our processes. And Stacia’s hilarious GIFs always put a smile on my face!

Published On: March 10, 2021

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