BAE’s Clare is best in the world

Clare Walker
Clare Walker

A BAE worker has achieved the highest marks in the world in the latest Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) exams.

Clare Walker, 22, from Kirkham, was a first year member of BAE Systems’ prestigious Finance Leader Development Programme (FLDP) when she sat the exams, while working for BAE Systems Shared Services in Preston as an assistant treasury accountant.

Clare, who studied with BBP University College, came top in the world in the Enterprise Operations exam (E1), with a score of 90 per cent, beating nearly 7,000 other students across the globe.

She also sat the Financial Operations exam paper at the same time.

Clare grew up in Lancaster and went to Lancaster Girls Grammar School before gaining a Chemistry Degree from Newcastle University.

To become a Chartered Management Accountant, students need to complete 10 professional qualification exams across four years, requiring personal study and dedication. This is complemented by three year’s experience which can be gained while studying.

Clare said: “I was delighted to have done so well in my professional exams, so winning the prize was fantastic. The exams were really tough and hard work but I had a lot of support from both BPP and also from my employer, BAE Systems.

“I am just at the beginning of the road to being fully qualified but the exams have given me not only the basic accounting skills but also helped me to understand the wider business context of my work.”

John Claxton, CIMA regional chairman of North West England, said: “Clare has shown fantastic dedication to come top in these professional business exams.

“The CIMA qualification produces versatile professionals who are assessed in a practical business setting enabling us to apply our knowledge in many different areas and roles.”

As part of the FLDP, Clare has since moved to work in BAE Systems’ Combat Vehicles business as a project accountant.

CIMA runs a series of events for students, members and guests throughout the related area on a regular basis across the year.

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