#228: The Age of the Accountant

with Andi Lonnen

Our Guest Mentor:

Andi is an International Trainer with a trademark upbeat & enthusiastic approach delivering her training in an easily understood and engaging manner with skills that can be implemented in the workplace immediately. She is a conference speaker on high profile conferences & events including for the NHS, ACCA, CIMA, AAT, Growth Accelerator, Women Leaders Association, Forward Ladies, Thrive Yorkshire and many more. An Author of ‘Be Fabulous at Finance’ published by Oodlebooks & a cycle touring book! She also published articles like Finance Director, FT Adviser, Business Money, Women Leaders Association, Kent Women in Business, AAT, ACCAChaired ACCA Business Leaders Forum, Corporate Sector Network, Yorkshire Women’s Network over 10 years. 

Andi is a fully qualified FCCA accountant with many years’ financial experience to Commercial Finance Director level in addition to being a qualified ILM trainer. 

Key Quotes From the Episode: 

[Giving value to the organization] as everyone is in the state of flux and confusionso we are the one that will guide them in forecasting and scenario planning by being calm and confident professional.[08:26] 

[Importance of communication to Finance Profession] tell the story behind those numbers so that people can understand and join the financial conversation.[10:21] 

Everything happens for you not to you.[20:04] 

(Other resources and how to connect with Andi below). 

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Key Points From the Episode: 

– Now is the Golden age of Accountants 

-9C’s of skills set for Finance Professional


    2.Connecting and Collaborating

    3.Clear Thinking

    4.Change Agent

    5.Constructive Ways



    8.Calm, confident and in Control

    9.Competent Finance Professional 

-Finance Business Partner Academy helping Finance professionals around the world 

-Resources available for you to move your career forward; 

  • Networking 
  • learn from role models
  • volunteer to related organization 

Time Stamped Show Notes 

[03:32] – Andi shares her career journey having 20 year career in finance starting from junior finance up to Commercial Finance Director and currently managing the Finance Training Academy Ltd. By giving support to finance and accounting professionals. 

[04:30]  Andi’s continued support to the profession; 

-Something that she’s familiar with 

-Many professional struggled with finding good mentors 

[05:55 Andi’s love on cycle touring as a way to clear her head and turned out to be an incredible experience that then led to Andi starting her own business. 

 [07:35]  Now is the golden age of Accountants especially on digitalization in the profession of Finance and Accounting. 

[09:32] – 9C’s of skills to get the best out this golden Age of the Accountant;   

  1. Communicating
  2. Connecting and Collaborating 
  3. Clear Thinking 
  4. Change Agent 
  5. Constructive Ways 
  6. Computer/Technology/Digitalization 
  7. Curiosity  
  8. Calm, confident and in Control 
  9. Competent Finance Professional 

[14:16] – Find out what you’re good at and what needs to improve based on these 9C’s. 

[15:49] –Andi’s priorities on Finance Business Partner Academy helping Finance professionals around the world strengthening their organization and ultimately the economy as a whole. 

[17:54 Resources available for you to move your career forward; 


-learn from role models  

-volunteer to related organization 

[19:50 The best advice Andi ever received to enjoy the journey. 

[21:59] – Resources Andi recommend to our audience to check. 

[22:57] – Best way to connect to Andi  

[23:54] – Andi parting thoughts to our audience on keep developing ourselves. 

Resources Mentioned: 



Reach the Top in Finance: The Ambitious Accountant’s Guide to Career Success by Sally Percy 



The Real Deal: My Story from Brick Lane to Dragons’ Den by James Caan   


Connect with today’s guest: 

LinkedIn Profile: ﷟HYPERLINK “https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlhkern/” https://www.linkedin.com/in/andilonnen/  

Company Website: https://financetrainingacademy.com/ 

Email: andi.lonnen@financetrainingacademy.com 


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