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My ACA experience: Richard Offley

Richard finished his AAT level 4 and then started his journey to becoming fully qualified with the ACA.

Richard Offley

Richard Offley Accounting Supervisor, Hagerty International

ICAEW route: AAT-ACA Fast Track

Industry: Financial Decisions and Analysis

Location: Milton Keynes

Richard Offley

Why did you choose to continue your studies after AAT?

Having really enjoyed studying for the AAT and the technical knowledge that it enabled me to enhance, I wanted to progress my learning and career even further by becoming a fully qualified accountant, not just through experience but also exam qualified.   

Why did you choose the ACA over other accounting qualifications?

The ACA syllabus was the most diverse in terms of modules, with all of the main areas of accounting covered in great depth; financial accounting, management accounting, audit and tax. I also wanted to gain a prestigious, gold standard qualification which held a lot of merit within the industry. 

What do you do day-to-day in your role?

Responsible for financial reporting and analysis on the performance of Hagerty’s UK operations. My role is primarily focused on financial accounting but I am also involved with financial planning and other projects. I help support senior management in making sound financial decisions based on reliable and understandable reporting. 


What do you love the most about what you do? 

I find the insurance industry interesting for its diversity and complexity. For example, in my current role, working for a speciality insurance broker, looking after classic & collectible vehicles, I am exposed to a somewhat niche hobby in a way that I may not have ever been if I hadn’t taken on the role at Hagerty. 

What’s something that’s surprised you in your accountancy journey?

How studying and working at the same time really pushes you to better yourself and the organisation you work for. Also, the doors that accounting qualifications open are so many, which makes all of the hard work and study completely worthwhile. 

What is one piece of advice you’d give to AAT trainees and AAT-qualified who are considering their next steps and may not be sure whether to progress?

Believe in yourself! It’s challenging, but hugely rewarding and achievable if you bitesize your goals and take it one stage at a time. Setting yourself a solid, achievable plan is an absolute must. You can do it!