UK students show what it takes to be future business leaders


One hundred of the UK’s top university students attended the Grand Final of the ICAEW 100 at Chartered Accountants’ Hall in London last week.

Carlos Gutierrez Terrer from the University of Bath was announced the overall winner and will go on to represent ICAEW at the One Young World Summit 2017, in Bogotá, Columbia.

The summit brings together the best young talent from around the world. Carlos will follow in the footsteps of previous ICAEW delegates at the summit who have had the chance to meet those who have showcased leadership potential, such as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan and Sir Richard Branson.

The ICAEW 100 competition was open to all UK university students regardless of year or subject they were studying. The journey to the award ceremony began with a series of online tests closely aligned to the skills demanded of those training for ICAEW’s global qualification, the ACA. With 82% of FTSE100 boards containing an ICAEW chartered accountant, students who could show that they matched these key skills not only displayed aptitude in this field, but the clear potential to be a future leader.

Almost 5,000 students from 150 universities entered the competition. Of these, the 100 highest scoring students were invited to the final where they were able to network with representatives from ICAEW and supporting employers to take the first steps in their career journey with organisations including BDO, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Deloitte, EY, Imperial Tobacco, Kingston Smith, KMPG, Mazars, PwC, RSM and Smith & Williamson.

Further awards on the day included the ICAEW President’s Prize which was awarded to Shanza Chaudhary from the University of Leicester.

Winners of the awards were offered prizes including work experience, insight days and professional mentoring with supporting organisations.

Hilary Lindsay, ICAEW president, said: “This has been a unique opportunity to showcase some of the brightest and most dedicated university students from around the UK. I would like to congratulate all prize winners who have demonstrated such a range of talent, in particular, Carlos Gutierrez Terrer who will be representing ICAEW later this year, I look forward to seeing him join a network of young leaders who are creating positive change around the world.

“I have no doubt that the UK can expect to see a very strong influx of future business leaders from the next generation of graduates. We have been incredibly impressed by many who have shown the key skills needed to be successful ICAEW chartered accountants, and look forward to connecting with them once again after graduation.”

The winners:

Overall Winner, sponsored by ICAEW

Carlos Gutierrez Terrer University of Bath, Mechanical Engineering

ICAEW President’s Prize, sponsored by ICAEW

Shanza Chaudhary, University of Leicester, Accounting and Finance

Communication, sponsored by EY

Ricardo Verdeguer Moreno, Cranfield University, Mechanical Engineering

Teamwork, sponsored by KPMG

Darren Cheung, Queen’s University Belfast, Maths

Decision Making, sponsored by BDO

Xiuzhu Shen, University of Leeds, Accounting and Finance

Consideration, sponsored by PwC

Daniel Wark University of York, Maths

Adding Value, sponsored by Mazars

E Syn Yu Oxford Brookes University, Law

Problem Solving, sponsored by Imperial Tobacco

Chun-lok Po, University of Kent, Computer Science and IT

Monday, 20 March 2017

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UK students show what it takes to be future business leaders