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EYs Anna Anthony tops Women in Finance ranking

EY's Anna Anthony tops Women in Finance ranking

EY's Anna Anthony is most certainly a trailblazers and topped Accountancy Age's Women in Finance ranking.

A keen advocate for helping women thrive in the financial services industry, Anna is EY’s managing partner for EMEIA Financial Services tax and legal.

Anna leads 1,700 people across 14 different markets and on any given day, she spends her time advising clients on a range of international tax issues from US tax reforms through to Brexit. Otherwise you'll find Anna setting market strategy, recruiting partners or perhaps expanding EY into new markets. And regarding her outside work interests, Anna is a keen wildlife photographer.

Constant learning and evolution

Anna believes one must always be a constant learner and be keen to evolve. Energy and optimism are also very important qualities.

Anna chose to specialise in tax following her law degree. She then qualified as an accountant seeing the industry as a good option between the two. Anna says that having worked as an international tax adviser has certainly kept her on her because everything is in a constant state of change.

“When you work in tax, the law changes in some way every year, so what you were expert in last year may not even exist this year. You’re constantly reinventing yourself, which is quite hard work actually. Although it’s a constant challenge, it’s also the reason I really like it,” explains Anna.

“There’s always something new, always something different. If you’re the kind of person who likes a challenge, change, and learning new things, then it’s a really good job to have ... You have to move with the market, and you have to move with what’s happening with your clients.”

Anna's proudest professional achievement so far was when she made partner in 2008 - even though she says that she never thought she would.

Anna rose to her partner role when she was just 30 years of age - following her joining EY only four years prior and at only one level above graduate. Her decade as a partner has certainly been exciting.

Anna also appreciates bringing other people through to partner level. She is a great leader and an exceptional team player, naming her colleagues at EY as what she enjoys most about her role. Anna has a very inclusive, collaborative and honest type of leadership style and stresses the need for diversity in understanding different points of view. “My worst kind of meeting is when everyone sits in a room, one person talks and everyone else just nods. What’s the point of that? We might as well have just sent a memo. “I like an environment where everybody is quite challenging, which then allows me to have lots of different data points,” suggests Anna. “No single approach is going to work across all of that.”

“I am quite results-orientated and I like to see progress”, comments Anna who keeps her eye on delivery.

Women progressing into senior roles is more transparent now

Regarding whether Anna believes the glass ceiling exists, she comments that “there is definitely something that you have to break through - but I think the fact that there are challenges for women to progress into senior roles is more acknowledged and transparent than it was. There are increasing examples of women who have managed to break through that barrier - not least all of the women featured in this short list.”

Discussions around the gender pay gap across companies is very topical and firms in the UK have been required to publish their data. “I don’t think many firms are proud of the figures they’re publishing”, Anna says, “but I’m really glad we’re talking about it. “We actually took quite a big front foot on that,” says Anna. EY was the first accountancy firm to publish its partner pay gap data, and this went well beyond what UK pay gap regulations actually required. EY also went beyond UK legislation to provide its Black and Ethnic Minority pay gap data as well.

”UK pay gap regulations are designed to show differences in the average (median and mean) earnings between men and women, as a percentage of men’s earnings. Figures across the board suggest a lack of women in more senior roles and fewer men in less senior positions,” comments Anna. “EY has targets all the way through the organisation on all different kinds of levels,” Anna explains, starting with an impressive 50/50 gender split target at student intake as EY continues to get the playing field equal from the very start.

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