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Tuesday 10 September 2019
by Angela Hankey

Meet the Member - Ellie Acton of RSM UK Consulting LLP

Name of Business?  RSM Consultancy

• Who are you?   I’m firstly a Warrington girl who has very recently moved to the Wirral.  I work as a director in a tax, accountancy and consultancy company with offices across the world.

• What sets you apart from the competition?   Consultancy can sometimes seem a bit “smoke and mirrors” I like to think that I provide practical support and solutions for a range of businesses to help them develop their organisations. I also like to “leave behind” skills and techniques with the organisations I work with so they can apply them in the future without paying me!

• How did the business come about?   Lots of mergers of lots of companies well before I joined.

• What are your main target markets?   Owner managed businesses and public sector/not for profit organisations.

• How long has your business been in existence?   Since 1926 when it was founded by Ira B. McGladrey in Iowa.

• How many staff do you employ?   Across the world 41,000 people…… in my little team there’s me and my junior and my apprentice!!

• What job or achievement makes you most proud?  In my previous role I went on secondment to the Ministry of Justice. There were a number of moments in this role when I really reflected on how I had ended up there. These included meeting with various ministers in the Houses of Parliament, travelling to Bermuda twice to advice the justice leads and preparing national policies which impacted the way policing would be done in the UK. However it was my role with the police as the strategic manager of the offender management units that is the thing I am most proud of, the ability to help people make a real difference to their lives will always be the thing that gave me most satisfaction.

• Where do you see the business being in five years?   I would love to help more organisations and individuals learn to apply the techniques of consultancies, they can make a real difference to how effectively and in what direction your company grows.

• Why Warrington?   My mum's side of the family have been in Warrington forever. I went to school here, my friends are here and I socialise here. I like the fact that I can walk around town, Stockton Heath or Latchford and usually see someone I know, something that didn’t happen too often during my time working in London!

• Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us?  I get surprised constantly by the scope of what we do here to support individuals and businesses. If you’ve got a question about buying, growing or selling a business or tax (business and personal) just ask as I’m sure there will be someone here who can help!

• Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc)   I have tried so many sports/exercise classes since being a grown up but get bored of them very quickly.  In the past few years I’ve done sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, boxing, cross fit, aerobics, yoga, running, triathlon (one session!), swimming, the gym, bootcamps…. I’m still unfit and overweight…. But I’ve just started couch to 5K again so maybe I’ll be doing a half marathon this time next year….. or maybe I will be back on the couch….....

• Brexit – good, bad, opportunity?   Who put this question in?!? I just don’t know, I don’t think anyone does for definite.  There’s been misinformation and lack of clarity on both sides of the argument. At a recent Brexit seminar we ran at the Park Royal Stretton, our audience participated in a poll, options of 1) second referendum, 2) extend article 50 in an attempt to reach a deal, 3) remain, 4)leave with no deal, or 5) just do something, were given… our audience overwhelmingly voted for 5) just do something. They were tired of the indecisiveness that meant they could not plan effectively for their businesses, employees and customers and I’m with them!

• Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite?   Ok I’ve stuck to people who are alive because that means there is a chance that this could still happen…..I also enjoy laughter at a party, if I wanted to be educated or have mass debate I would have invited a whole different bunch of people.  Jo Brand – straight talking, funny, dry and will have some good stories to tell.  Mhairi Black – I don’t enjoy talking politics at dinner, however this Scottish MP is one of the only MPs of recent times that I have thought is passionate, direct and makes you listen.  She is the youngest MP to ever be elected and I think she’d be a great dinner guest.  Grayson Perry – his rites of passage tv series was amazingly moving, I love his interest in turning “ordinary lives” into beautiful pieces of art. He’d also hopefully wear one of his fantastic dresses.  Johnny Depp – the actor of my childhood and I still have a crush to this day!  Romesh Ranganathan – I am a recent arrival at the Romesh camp…he is absolutely hilarious and has visited some really interesting places around the world.  I like travelling so would love to get some of his recommendations of where to go next.  Paula Gilmore – my best mate, who I know would enjoy meeting these people as much as me and enjoys a good party (she also has a crush on Johnny Depp and would never forgive me if I didn’t invite her) !