From leaving school at 16 to vice chair at Deloitte – interview with Paula Higgleton

Paula left school at 16 to a job in the VAT office in Southend, where she grew up. A discerning manager noticed her talent and encouraged her to join the Civil Service Day Release scheme to study for a BTEC in Business Studies. From there she joined the Inland Revenue in the then newly formed Self-Assessment team. Her desire to learn more took her to a local accountancy practice where she started her professional qualifications, then to a mid-tier firm before being approached by PWC (then Coopers and Lybrand) and five years later Deloitte where she rose from Partner to Senior Partner and Vice Chair before she retired in May 2020.

We discuss the hard work principles she learned from her parents, her money values, how to have a good night out on a fiver, how she has helped ultra-wealthy families deal with tax and legacy, embracing retirement, her passion for education and social mobility and desire to visit as many countries in the word as possible.

At the end of our conversation Paula shares her guilty money secret and her Money Pearls of Wisdom.

Sit back, grab yourself an espresso (or drink of your choice!) and enjoy the conversation.

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