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Exclusive Interview: Grant Thornton’s Rhian Owen on Sponsoring the Finance Wales Awards


With the Finance Awards Wales now just 11 weeks away, many businesses and individuals are eager to learn whether they have made the shortlist. Though the inaugural event, the ceremony has captured the attention of some of the biggest finance brands in the world.  With a mission to recognise, attract and invest in the talented finance professionals operating in Wales; it's easy to see why.

Recently announcing that they were a sponsor of the Awards, we talk to Rhian Owen Audit Partner of Grant Thornton on why they have chosen to get involved.

What was it about the Awards that caught your attention?

At Grant Thornton we believe in unlocking the potential of our people and we recognise that exceptional talent is our very best resource to achieve our goals. As an organisation our aim is to put our people first and as a regional office it’s why we want to be part of an event designed to recognise and reward talent in the Welsh finance sector.

We see that you are sponsoring the Finance Director of the Year and CFO & Young Finance Director of the Year Awards; why these categories?

We work very closely with the individuals in these roles and we believe they play a crucial role in the success of any dynamic growing business, and it is important to appreciate that their responsibility is not just limited to financials. Beyond the day-to-day processing they are often engaged in the high level strategic operations of their business and our role is to work in partnership with them, to provide the level of in-depth analysis, insight and expertise required, to have the insightful conversations needed for such businesses to achieve their ambitious growth plans. In summary, we care about helping them.

What would your advice be to someone looking to enter the industry?

Be prepared to be agile, as a finance role is much wider than just looking at the numbers, whilst always be receptive to new opportunities.

How important is it for Welsh businesses to nurture future talent?

It is vital, as resource is a huge challenge for all businesses in Wales today.  Developing our own talent will be the only way that we can keep up with the opportunities that may present themselves. A talented workforce will attract businesses to Wales, imperative as we strive to build a Vibrant Economy.

Is Wales well-equipped for the growth of finance services over the coming years?

We must continue to invest in our people to meet the demand of the growing finance industry, otherwise this will stunt our development as a World Class location for business.