8th March, 2019, Melanie Harriss
He may be one of the newest recruits at a Norfolk accountancy firm but Henry Rust is used to displaying discipline and commitment.
As a player at West Norfolk Rugby Club the 23-year-old knows exactly how to work as part of a team to generate the best result.
Having played the sport since he was eight-years old, he is now transferring the skills honed on the pitch to the Stephenson Smart office in Kings Lynn.
Following a degree in accountancy and finance, Henry is studying for his ACCA and hopes to become a chartered certified accountant within the next two years.
His interest in accountancy began at the age of 15 after witnessing family members working in the profession.
“A lot of things steered me in this direction.” said Henry, who lives in Kings Lynn.
“I’ve always been keen on numbers and I’m quite mathematically minded. I did some work experience and I decided it was something that I wanted to pursue.
“I love sports, it’s nice to get out there and release some energy. Rugby also instilled in me good leadership and communication skills at a young age, which I have been fortunate enough to transfer to my role here at Stephenson Smart.
“I’m really enjoying the work and everyone has been extremely supportive and encouraging.”
Henry plays rugby for West Norfolk as a hooker and has competed for the Junior Vase trophy at Twickenham, amongst other key competitions.
Claire Melton, partner at Stephenson Smart said: “Henry is progressing very well with his studies and has settled in with the team at the office.
“He has a real commitment and passion to his rugby, which he is also bringing to his accountancy work. It’s this discipline and drive that makes you succeed and Henry has that in abundance.”
Henry is one of a handful of students across Norfolk to be supported by Stephenson Smart.
Each trainee takes the desired qualification while working in one of Stephenson Smart’s offices shadowing senior accountants and completing training days at Kaplan in Norwich.
To find out more call 01553 774104.