A trainee accountant from Great Cornard has expressed shock after finishing first in the world in one of her professional qualifications exams.
Kimberley Howard, 22, who works for Moore Green in Friars Street, came first in an exam run by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accounts. exams taken in December.
After taking the exam in December, she found out she had taken the first place spot in February, bagging a £200 cash prize which she has put into her savings.
She finished top of the total of 24,536 students worldwide who took the same financial reporting exam, achieving what was described by the ACCA as an “outstanding” score of 98 per cent.
Commenting on her top results, Kimberley, of Sycamore Road, said: “I didn’t expect it; I was quite shocked when I found out.”
She said her employer Moore Green was very proud of her for doing so well in her exam, and her family were delighted she had come top of the class.
Kimberley joined Moore Green as a trainee accountant in 2011 after leaving what was Great Cornard Upper School, now Thomas Gainsborough School.
“I enjoyed maths at school but, when I left, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I saw an advertisement for this job and I got it,” she said.
It will take Kimberley between four to five years to qualify as a chartered certified accountant, and she has to complete 11 exams run by the ACCA.
This was her sixth exam so she is more than half way through her training.
She said she enjoys her job and has found her vocation in the accountancy profession,
Andrew Leck of ACCA UK said: “Passing your professional exams is extremely tough, they are designed to test our students thoroughly and ensure they are ready to become fully qualified professional accountants.
“Kimberley has done remarkably well to not only pass her exams but to finish top of all students who sat the financial reporting paper.
“It takes hard work, dedication and an understanding employer to combine work and study as Kimberley has done.”
He added: “I’m sure her colleagues at Moore Green will be just as proud of her achievements.”
As well as a cash prize, Kimberley received a certificate.