Alex Cass – from apprentice to senior auditor and accountant

Alex Cass joined Nicholsons Chartered Accountants on the 12th October 2015 through the apprenticeship scheme run by Lincoln College under the direction of Nigel Hullet. He has now been promoted to Senior Auditor and Accountant.

He started his career in the construction industry but soon realised that he didn’t enjoy the work. Alex wanted to go back to the subjects he enjoyed the most at school, these being maths and business studies.  After taking a step back and doing some essential research, Alex saw his future in accountancy and has excelled in this area ever since.

Under the apprenticeship scheme Alex worked for all the Directors at Nicholsons in general practice under the guidance of Rebecca Ellis.  He completed his AAT Level 2 exams within the first year. 

Wanting to move onto the next step as soon as possible Alex found himself frustrated with the slow progress the scheme offered.  He wanted to move up to the next level as quickly as possible, so his only option was to leave the scheme and take the fast track route to complete his ACA certificate. Jo Brown, head of training at Nicholsons, intervened and contacted the training body, the decision to push on with this was unanimous by the Board as they could all see his potential and didn’t want him to be held back in any way. Alex completed his exams within a year.

Showing such dedication to the business and commitment to his studies, Alex was promoted from Junior to Semi Senior Accountant in September 2017.  Alex moved from general practice to work in Audit.   From here he also started studying for his professional level ACA qualification and has to date sat and passed four exams and has five more exams to take.  His aim is to have achieved this by November 2020.  

Alex has a small number of his own clients, but his main role is to support his manager Rebecca Ellis in providing efficient audit services to a variety of clients. With his continued studies he is well placed to offer help and give the right advice to Nicholsons clients. Alex works with a varied portfolio, covering the one-man band, through to multi-million-pound companies and charities.

Alex has grown into his role and has shown great commitment to both his studies and his work. He is very highly thought of by his colleagues and has a great future ahead of him the world of accountancy and audit.

If you would like to talk to Alex or a member of the Audit Team, please call 01522 815100.