John's story

John Di Gesso

Audit Manager John accumulated a wealth of experience across small, medium and large accountancy firms in London, gaining exposure to a range of corporate clients and FTSE100 companies. He has recently joined EY’s Newcastle where he plans to continue building his expertise.

“I moved to Newcastle for family reasons. Having enjoyed the larger firm experience I had in London, I knew I wanted to stay in that environment. I was specialising in the Real Estate sector so I also wanted to get back to a mixed portfolio role which I had in previous firms.”

A Big 4 firm seemed the obvious choice, but with all of them having a presence in Newcastle, John knew he had some thinking to do.

“Without a doubt I made the decision to join EY because of their reputation for employee satisfaction. The more articles that I read about the awards they’ve won for being a quality employer, the more impressed I became.

“They have a commitment to flexible working that is second to none and this combined with a genuine entrepreneurial spirit made them my first choice – I was lucky enough not to have to consider a second option!”

In his role as Audit Manager, John has overall responsibility for the design and delivery of audits for a wide range of clients spanning several industries, including property, automotive and manufacturing.

“I have been provided with autonomy in my work and ownership of my portfolio from Day 1. I have been able to apply my own approach to establishing relationships with my clients, something which is very important to me.

“There is a clear firm methodology and vision, but this has not come at the cost of the freedom to apply my personal style to the job.”

So how has John settled into his new life in Newcastle?

“It is a genuinely friendly place, the people seem to have a natural and effortless ability to enjoy life. Their love for their City is infectious and something that was passed to me very quickly during my visits here, and ultimately something that informed my decision to move here.”

And the people and culture in EY’s Newcastle office appear to have made an equally big impression on John:

 “The team have been friendly and welcoming. We’re all driven to perform well and even some of the more junior members of staff seem more business-minded and entrepreneurial than those I met in the larger firms during my time in London.”

While John’s career at EY Newcastle is still blossoming, it’s clear to him that there are opportunities for travel, secondments and promotions for anyone ‘with the foresight and ability to go after them’.

“My advice for anyone considering a role here is to be honest about who you are, your goals and what you want from your work life. You’ll find that EY really values you and wants to help you succeed.”