James Duncan

Trainee accountant

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James Duncan joined us in April 2019 as part of our ongoing policy of recruiting great talent when we find it, with a background in hedge fund management and a fascination for the way finance affects every aspect of our lives, James has very quickly established himself as an important and valuable part of the team.

What is the best part of working at Centora? Centora is a small, friendly firm which offers me exposure to a wide variety of clients and everything we do as a practice to help them.

What problem do you most enjoy fixing for your clients? Taking something which might first appear as a big unknown and breaking it down into more manageable parts.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren't working? When my two children aren’t keeping me busy I enjoy competing in Triathlon events, rowing, sailing, and skiing.

What piece of advice would you give to a young person thinking about a career in Finance? Go for it! In addition to mathematics, keeping up-to-date with advancements in technology is very beneficial. Cloud computing, artificial intelligence and cyber security are key areas which are changing the way we work.

Are there any sectors that you enjoy working in? Medicine / Technology / Investment Management

What is your favourite book/podcast/film/TV show? “I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue”. Radio 4 comedy at its finest.

…and finally James, the big question. Who makes the best cup of tea in the office? Dishna makes a splendid cup of tea, but I’d rather a double espresso if anyone’s offering!