We meet Milsted Langdon’s first female insolvency practitioner

Rachel Hotham Rachel Hotham is something of a ‘homegrown talent’ for the multi-award winning accountancy firm Milsted Langdon. Here, she tells her story.

“I started working in the Taunton office back in September 1997. I was a part-time Insolvency Cashier and this suited me perfectly because I wanted a part-time role close to home as I then had two small children.

“That job encompassed all the usual aspects of a cashiering role such as dealing with accounts held by the Insolvency Service and moving funds between interest bearing accounts and current accounts.

“As my children got older, I was able to increase my hours and it was then that I started to do case work. It was during 2005 that I started working in the Bristol office; the same year I sat the CPI (Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency). This allowed me to go on to study for the JIEB (Joint Insolvency Examination Board).

“I got a non-appointment taking licence in 2012 and then earlier this year I decided to convert to an appointment taking licence. My first appointment as a Joint Administrator was in March 2014.

“Throughout my 17 years with Milsted Langdon, the firm’s partners have always been supportive. Not only have they helped me by allowing me to change my hours and days of work to fit around family life, but they’ve also provided moral support as my job has developed.

“The funny thing is that I didn’t set out to be an insolvency practitioner! When I was growing up I never envisaged working for a firm of chartered accountants, but if I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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