Lucy Allen

Senior Associate in the Recovery and Reorganisation Team at Grant Thornton

What made you choose to work for Grant Thornton?

When I was in my third year at University, I had the option to take a year out and study abroad. I was very lucky to move to New York for six months to study at the Clarkson University. During my time there, I began searching for placement opportunities in Jersey and found a role at Grant Thornton in their Recovery and Reorganisation (R&R) team.

Grant Thornton appealed to me because of its size, culture and reputable brand. I loved the fact I was able to converse with an R&R Director during my on boarding and felt valued from day one.

Following a very successful and happy placement there, I was lucky to be offered a full-time position as their newest Associate.

This month, I was incredibly proud to receive my first promotion to Senior Associate. I look forward to advancing my career with Grant Thornton in years to come.  

What professional training have you done?

When I began my full-time position at Grant Thornton I had the option to choose from the ACCA and the ICAEW qualifications. 

Unlike some professional services firms which dictate which qualification you must study towards, the choice was my own – I really appreciated the freedom they offered me.

Working closely with HR, I was able to discuss the different options and agreed upon the professional qualification that worked best for me and my career aspirations. 

What do you do on an average day?

No two days are ever the same due to the high volume and variety of cases our team deals with. However, my usual day will involve responding to client emails, liaising with Banks to arrange payments and distributions to creditors. I minute shareholder and creditor meetings and also draft letters to various third parties. 

When I’m not doing my day to day role, I also enjoy being part of Grant Thornton’s social committee. I love organising fun events for the team, which so far have included, Tennerfest meals out, James Bond movie night, International Food Days and casual Friday drinks in our special staff social zone.

Age: 23

University attended: Northumbria University and Clarkson University (New York)

Course: (BA) Business and Tourism Management

What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?

I wanted to be an actress, because I was a little drama queen!

Favourite way to relax:

I love living by the sea and it’s so handy that our office is so close to the seafront, so whenever I get some free time, I like to go for a walk along the beach.

Favourite place to eat in Jersey:

El Tico, hands down. It’s my go to choice for eating out and I could eat the jungle curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Favourite possession:

My gold ring that my Grandma bought me when I was just seven years old. What makes is so special is the fact that she got it made for me out of a pair of earrings that my Grandpa had gifted her for their wedding anniversary many years before.


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