Former apprentices in Chesterfield


Liz Fisher – Mitchells Chartered Accountants

Name: Liz Fisher

Role: Head of Tax & Employer Solutions Manager

Company: Mitchells Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers

For the woman who once refused to train as an accountant saying “I don’t do numbers,” Liz Fisher is now one of the top performing tax advisors in the country.

In 2015 she scooped top honours in a national Chartered Institute of Taxation exam following her outstanding performance which saw her beat more than 1000 candidates to gain the highest marks. She was awarded the prestigious Ronald Is on Medal and the CCH Prize for the highest distinction mark awarded in the UK.

What started as a two day a week admin job at Mitchells Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in 1997 straight after A’ Levels, led to Liz Fisher undertaking an ATT apprenticeship as a tax assistant.

“When I joined Mitchells, senior partner Richard Trueman would walk past reception and often ask me whether I wanted to train as an accountant. I would repeatedly turn him down. Once day he stopped and asked whether I’d consider tax and I thought ‘go on then’. The alternative was becoming an English teacher.”

Liz’s original plans on leaving sixth form were to continue to university and undertake an English Literature degree. Breaking the news that she was turning down her university place in favour of beginning a workplace training scheme was not welcomed by everyone: “The head of sixth form at my school said that it was the worst decision I’d ever make, but he was wrong, I have no regrets about leaving education and taking up a workplace traineeship, not for a second. It was definitely the right thing for me to do. I don’t regret it for a second,” said Liz.

Mitchells Chartered Accountants

A unique and dynamic accountancy team based in the centre of Chesterfield.

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David Penk – Penk Insurance

As a former apprentice himself, David Penk understands the value that apprentices brings to a business and has employed more than 20.

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Marcus Leverton – Leverton (UK) Ltd.

Marcus Leverton at 16 decided to undertake a four-year apprenticeship with the family business Leverton UK.

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