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Chris Smith | Head of Internal Audit and Compliance

Chris was born and raised in Sheffield. He left school aged 16 with the bare minimum of qualifications and started working for a government training scheme at a time of high unemployment in the early 1980s. Hard-working and determined as he was, Chris soon secured a permanent role as a Wages Clerk for an engineering company where he stayed for 13 years, progressing through several roles in Treasury, Credit Control and eventually Management Accounts. He then spent 15 years in the construction industry working for SIG plc where he qualified in 2013. Chris joined our Sheffield branch in January 2021.

What’s the coolest thing about being an accountant?
Being able to prove it’s not as boring as everyone thinks!

If you wouldn’t be an accountant who would you be?
Unemployed probably!

Where are we likely to find you in your free time?
In our motorhome somewhere in the UK

Is there a secret talent/fun fact nobody knows about you?
Yes, but it wouldn’t be something nobody knows if I revealed it!

If you had to choose only one dish you’d have to eat till the end of your life, what dish would it be?
Beef stew and dumplings

What is a perfect day for you?
Motorhome trip to the coast, walking the dog on the beach ending with a nice meal and a few beers

What is the most exciting moment of your life?
Birth of my daughter, 22 years ago

Who would you most likely swap places with for a day and why?
My dog, Henry a 13-year-old lurcher. He lounges all day has all his meals prepared and does not have a care in the world!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Old, corny black and white movies

What is your favourite vacation spot?
Fowey, Cornwall

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