Huw E.
Regional Analyst
Specialism Finance Management

About Huw

Key Experiences

I graduated in Fine Arts and I am now a Management accountant at NHS!
After graduating I spent three months travelling. When I returned to the UK I began temping in a number of office roles before landing a job in Communications within the NHS. Whilst I enjoyed this role, it wasn’t planned and I didn’t have many career options ahead of me. I looked at my skills and decided I was best suited to accountancy.

I didn’t have an accounting background or any knowledge of finance, so I completed a couple of courses with The Open University whilst applying for training contracts and graduate schemes.

I also decided to run a marathon

I was asked to write a news article promoting the NHS graduate scheme as part of my Communications job, and it was exactly what I was looking for.

The selection process for the scheme is tough, but fortunately I managed to demonstrate my potential sufficiently to get the job.

Current Position

Plan and manage the income & expenditure of services in a hospital
I’ve just started working as a management accountant covering Cancer services in a medium sized hospital. This involves helping forecast, plan and manage their income and expenditure. Before this role I spent 10 months working as a capital accountant at a Primary Care Trust. Alongside these roles I also work on a number of projects aimed to improve the quality of services provided and save the NHS money.

I’m also the student representative on the ACCA’s Health Service Network panel.

Main Motivations

I really feel I’m making a difference!
I enjoy learning about the business and how services are delivered. The support is fantastic – I’ve been given lots of responsibility and really feel I’m making a difference.

Top Advice

Find out as much as you can about the NHS and the current reforms!
The selection process is tough, so prepare properly for each stage. Try and find out as much as you can about the history of the NHS and the current reforms. Speak to as many people as you can about it.

Qualifying as an accountant is tough on its own, but you will also have to juggle a busy day job and other education commitments too. But if you have the drive and ambition to succeed it’s really rewarding

Greatest Achievement

My performance at my accounting exams!
I’ve averaged over 80 per cent on all of my accounting exams so far.


Whatever your future leadership ambitions are, the NHS offers a fantastic start with a variety of challenging placements in an organisation that is wholeheartedly determined to provide equal opportunities to all employees. Selection for the scheme is based solely on aptitude and ability to ensure we have the best leaders for the NHS.

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