Chloe Priestley

In 2014 I joined PwC as part of the “School Leaver Programme” having just finished my A-levels.

During my first four years at PwC I studied for several qualifications including a Level 4 Diploma in Audit Practice and the ACA qualification with the ICAEW and I became a Chartered Accountant in 2018. I really enjoyed my training and I was recognised as a PwC prize winner for my Corporate Reporting exam results and nominated for Kaplan’s Student of the Year award. In 2019, aged 23, I was promoted to a Manager in Audit, this was the earliest possible stage in my career for promotion. I also won Professional Pensions “Trainee of the Year,” which recognised my outstanding achievements to date. I’ve specialised in Pensions Assurance within PwC’s North Pension team since joining, and more recently have moved into our National Asset Wealth Management (“AWM”) team, where I’ve proactively sought out opportunities to get involved in AWM London based Financial Services clients to expand my knowledge. I continue to develop my pensions specialism, increasingly working across our National practice in addition to broadening my experience with Funds clients.

Prior to joining PwC, I attended a Secondary School which was placed in “special measures” by Ofsted in my GCSE years, despite this I achieved the highest grades which anyone had ever achieved at the School and was recognised at my Sixth Form as having the highest grades of any external student. My Parents had never attended University and it didn’t appeal to me, much to my Form Teacher’s horror when I announced I wasn’t applying to University, my family have always worked in an occupation that requires a trade and so working at a Professional Services Firm was something I’d only seen on TV. I was determined to make something of myself without going to University and applying to PwC as a School Leaver was the best decision I’ve ever made.