Candidate Profile - Richard Morrish

Why did you choose a career in finance?

I started my career as an auditor working for PwC.  This route into finance really appealed to me as a great way to obtain a professional qualification whilst working with a wide variety of clients and learning about their businesses. 

What advice would you give someone considering a career in accountancy?

I would advise them to go for it as it is a great opportunity to give yourself a qualification that opens up opportunities to work for all kinds of organisations, across every sector.   I would also tell them don’t think it’s all about being good at complex maths (which seems to be common assumption!) as for me communication skills and having good business sense are actually much more important in becoming a good accountant.

Where are you working now?

I now work for Oil Spill Response Limited. We are the largest international industry-funded cooperative which exists to respond to oil spills wherever in the world they may occur.  We currently employ almost 300 people across 10 locations around the world.

Away from work, how do you like to relax?

Outside of work my passion is sport.  I love playing and watching football, although as the years pass I play less and watch more!  I am also a keen runner and really like getting out onto the New Forest trails at the weekend to unwind and relax. 

Favourite holiday destination and why?

My favourite holiday destination is Banff in the Canadian Rockies.  Both my wife and I are keen skiers and we love Banff with its perfect balance of great snow and high quality restaurants and shops.

As a client or candidate, why have you partnered with CMA?

I first met the team at CMA through the SCASS 5-a-side event, which CMA sponsor - this is a great event and certainly gave me a favourable first impression of CMA.  Whilst the football may have made a good initial impression, the reason I like working with CMA now is the people.  I have got to know the team at CMA and always feel I can trust them, which for me is absolutely key in a good working relationship.