Beth MacLeod

Financial Controller, PG Paper Company Ltd

IFSDG: Tell us about your current role?

Beth: I have been with PG Paper as Financial Controller for 3 years now and in my time with the business the company has almost doubled in size. The business owners, Poonam and Puneet Gupta, are very entrepreneurial in nature and as a result have a number of other business interests including dental practices and restaurant brands which I also have involvement in. As a result, the role is hugely varied and interesting and allows me to contribute to various aspects of the business, over and above the usual Financial Controller duties.

IFSDG:  What are your thoughts on becoming Scottish Accountant of the Year?

Beth: I was delighted to be nominated for such a prestigious award and to be chosen as one of only 2 finalists on the night. To win the award against such high calibre fellow accountants is a true honour.

IFSDG:  How did your experience as a student at Strathclyde University prepare you for your future career?

Beth: I grew up in a small fishing village in the Scottish Highlands so the move to Glasgow to attend Strathclyde University was a wonderful opportunity for me to start my study towards a career in Accountancy whilst meeting new people and enjoying new experiences.

IFSDG:  Did you find it easy to settle in to student life and then working life in Glasgow?

Beth: Yes, I moved to Glasgow when I was 18 and ready for a new adventure. Moving in to Halls at University gave me the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy student life in a vibrant, diverse city. Working life in Glasgow was a natural progression after University and although my initial job after graduating was a fairly junior role, I was soon able to use the skills gained at university to progress  to more senior positions.

IFSDG:  How would you advise young people today who are considering a career in accountancy?

Beth: There are lots of routes into accountancy today - and many careers leading from that first initial role.  Young people have a lot more choices to make -  university or apprenticeship, being just one.   I'd advise young people to really think about what they want out of life and try and match their ambitions, their skills and personality with roles that excite them.  Grasp the opportunities and focus upon what matters to you personally.

IFSDG:  Three best things about Glasgow as a business location?

Beth: The diversity of people and businesses in the city, creating opportunities for all.

The social scene with its array of varied restaurants, bars and music venues.

The ability to enjoy the beautiful countryside of Scotland within a short drive of the city centre, giving the opportunity to host clients in stunning surroundings

IFSDG:  What is your biggest business achievement to date?

Beth: I would say the journey  which led me to be nominated for and win the Scottish Accountant of the Year award. I joined PG Paper as their part time Financial Controller 3 years ago. I have two young children and I was looking for a better work-life balance. I successfully achieved this whilst also enjoying a challenging, interesting role in the business. As this business has grown so rapidly, I have recently decided to increase my hours to full time, however with the support of the business owners I still have the flexibility to enjoy the work-life balance which is so important to me. I have enjoyed the journey from a part time Financial Controller to a full time role in a rapidly growing, successful business.

IFSDG:  What is the best investment you ever made?

Beth: Starting my ACCA exams whilst working full time at CBRE, who supported me through my studies. I dedicated all my spare time to study and as a result my exams were complete in less than 2 years. I was able to develop my career in succession with my studies and then go on to concentrate on career progression using the knowledge obtained through my ACCA studies.

IFSDG:  What did you want to be when you were a child?

Beth: A vet

IFSDG:  What do you do to relax away from the office?

Beth: I have two young boys so relaxing is not something I get a chance to do much. However, although not necessarily relaxing, I like to play rugby, train for and compete in triathlons and go on road trips every year with a group of friends and family.

IFSDG:  I-Phone or Android?

Beth: I Phone

IFSDG:  Favourite band?

Beth: Tide Lines

IFSDG:  Favourite sport?

Beth: Rugby

IFSDG:  Favourite movie?

Beth: Trainspotting

IFSDG:  Sunshine or snow?

Beth: Sunshine

IFSDG:  and finally, what three words sum you up?

Beth: Loyal, reliable, family

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