Anna Warren has recently joined the team in Asia, working from our Hong Kong office. Here she explains how she came to be at The Fry Group:
Where were you born and brought up?
I grew up in Jersey in the Channel Islands. My parents and grandparents were also born and grew up on the island, so I always had lots of family around. Jersey is beautiful in the summer, so if I wasn’t competing on my pony, I would spend a lot of time on the beach. I’ve ridden since the age of 2 and horses have always been a huge part of my life. Having ponies from a young age and competing taught me that hard work and perseverance pay off, that it’s important to love what you do as things are not always easy or enjoyable all of the time; riding in the rain in winter was not so fun! I recently took part in a horse riding safari in Botswana – a fantastic experience and such fun, especially getting really close to lots of the animals (avoiding lions!). Cantering with giraffe’s in the Delta was a particular highlight.
How did you find your way into a career in finance?
Finance is an important industry in Jersey, so was something I’d always considered as a potential career. When I was 16 I did some work experience; firstly at a law firm and then at a few accountancy firms. I discovered that I enjoyed working in audit because it introduced me to all kinds of different businesses and people.
Can you share a potted career history…
I had undertaken a significant amount of work experience at KPMG and after finishing education I joined their school leaver programme. Whilst studying for my ACA I really enjoyed my tax exams and asked to spend time in the tax department – I love a challenge, so solving some of the complicated tax issues that clients had was really appealing. After some time in the Jersey team, primarily working on UK tax and offshore trusts, I moved to KPMG in London working in the Private Client tax team, to broaden my knowledge and work directly with individuals. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and working in private client tax means you get to meet some fascinating and successful individuals. I spent over 6 years in the London team before one of my clients, a family office, asked me to work for them directly on a project I had been helping them with. It was a great experience to be client side and gain more insight into what is valued from an adviser.
Why did you choose to join The Fry Group?
The Fry Group has an excellent reputation for integrity, something that I consider critical for a trusted adviser. The team in Asia is dynamic and driven, sharing a common goal of putting the clients’ needs first and delivering excellent quality and forward-thinking advice. I wanted to be part of an established group, in an environment where people are ambitious and work together to build and develop the group.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am excited about the challenge of working in a new environment, and looking forward to experiencing a new culture, meeting lots of new people and trying as many restaurants as I can – I’ve heard the food is great!
If you weren’t in finance what other career path appeals?
I am a huge fan of real crime documentaries, so I think I might enjoy being a detective…
Head of Tax – Asia