What led you to this role? Why did you choose to join this organisation?
I joined EY in 1993 (nearly 26 years ago!) and at the time I applied, one of the key factors that made me choose EY was because it was a big four firm and a market-leading blue chip company with good opportunities.
What is your organisation’s approach to disability; how has your employer helped you to do well at your workplace?
EY made it easy for me to take time out to have a family, and then to come back to interesting roles. I have also had a lot of support during recent mental health illness, including a plan to get me back to work. I am now back and enjoying my role again.
EY has helped me to be myself through the support I have been given by peers and managers, as well as HR. I do not feel that there is any discrimination.
I have had lots of opportunities available to me at EY, either as part of my role, or in my capacity as a network lead that have helped me prepare to make an impact in my career, these include training and development, exciting and interesting project work and access to senior leaders.
Outside of my day to day job I am able get involved in initiatives that allow me to make a difference to EY. Currently, I co-lead the Mental Health Network, which has strong support from the leadership team. EY is devoted to providing a working environment where people can be individual, with different strengths, outlook and desires.
What advice would you give a student with a similar disability, who wants to pursue a career in the field you work in?
Be open to opportunities which arise; manage your own health so that you enjoy your career. Ask for support if you need it.
Cathy retired from EY in 2021 and now volunteers for an educational charity.