An accountant managing retail business development accounts has achieved the top exam results in Ireland.

Julie Alexander who completes Management Accounts at Henderson Group for a number of independent retailers operating under the SPAR and EUROSPAR brands, achieved the top exam results in Ireland for her P6 Advanced Taxation exam, as well as taking the ninth place worldwide.

Julie, who has been working with the Henderson Retail and Wholesale finance teams for the past three years picked up the award at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Winners (ACCA) Lunch recently in Dublin.

This is not the first time Julie has achieved top marks; in 2016 she was placed first in Ireland and 15th worldwide in the F6 Taxation exam and first in Ireland and 13th worldwide for the Audit and Assurance exam in 2017.

Ron Whitten, Chief Financial Officer, Henderson Group said of the awards; “Our congratulations go out to Julie who has picked up this award for the third time for three separate exams, which is a testament to her hard work and study towards her qualifications.

“Julie is a huge asset to Henderson Wholesale, currently providing a bespoke retail accounting service to our independent retailers as we continue to build our partnerships and retail networks across Northern Ireland. It is great to see such talent flourish from within the organisation.”

Julie said of her wins; “I’m really proud to have been placed first in Ireland for the third time, and delighted that my hard work has paid off!

“Whilst not the traditional route to pursuing the ACCA Qualification, working within the Henderson Group has provided me with practical, variable and relevant experience to underpin my academic learnings. There is a great variety of work, with no two days the same. I look forward to continuing to develop my breadth of experience through the many opportunities which being part of such a large Group presents.”

On completion of Julie’s ACCA exams, Julie was awarded Top Affiliate in June 2018.

Henderson Group is one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers, with over 4,000 staff across its Retail, Wholesale, Property and Foodservice companies.

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