Kenny Johnsone, Manager, goes under the spotlight!

Tell me about your career to date?

Ryecroft Glenton has been my only ‘real’ job, although I worked in a local restaurant during sixth form. I started working at RG in 2011 as an AAT trainee. I went on to complete both my AAT and ACCA qualifications with the firm before being promoted to manager in 2019.

What is your role with RG?

I’m a manager in our Accounts and Outsourced Services division. My main roles come as part of our Agricultural and Landed Estates team and Legal Sector team. I’m also one of our three training supervisors.

What does your current role involve?

My role largely involves reviewing work completed by other members of the team before passing to partners for final review and sign off, along with scheduling the work to ensure all deadlines are met. I work closely with a range of clients but the majority of my portfolio are in either the agricultural or legal sectors – I know, polar opposites, but the variety keeps things interesting!

I also help with training new starters. We have 3 dedicated training rooms where trainees are located to ensure they get the necessary support and guidance throughout their training contract. This includes training on both the technical aspects of accounting and the various pieces of software used.

What makes RG different?

From a client’s point of view, I think the wide range of experiences and knowledge within the firm helps RG stand out. There’s always someone on hand, no matter the query, who is willing and able to assist. We like to build strong relationships with clients and get to know them and their business in detail to allow us to offer the best advice.

From a personal point of view, it’s the staff. I think it’s important that there’s a good staff morale, and there are always a variety of social events to look forward to so staff can get to know each other better.

What do you enjoy outside of work?

I’m a big football fan, both watching and playing. I’m a Liverpool fan having followed in my dad’s footsteps. I feel the success over the last few years is a reward for struggling through the Hodgson days. I also play for a local Sunday league team.

I also play squash and like to get out for a run now and then when time allows.

Tell us about your day so far

My day started with a 6:00 alarm and a 4 mile run into the office. We’ve recently had new showers fitted, so it’s nice to be able to make the most of those, especially in the summer months.

Most days in the office start the same way – with a coffee and check over my email inbox to make sure they have all been dealt with.

I had a strategy meeting with Helen Pennock and Amanda Cooper (Partner and Senior Manager within our Agricultural and Landed Estate team) to go through ongoing and upcoming jobs to ensure we have the relevant staff booked.

The majority of my day was spent working on a client’s Solicitors Accountant’s Report, which involved reviewing compliance work completed by other members of the Legal Sector team. I then drafted an email to request further information to allow for the report to be completed ahead of the 6 monthly deadline.

I ended the day reviewing and responding to emails received throughout the day, catching up with team members to answer their queries and planning my workload for tomorrow.

My 3 most notable achievements to date would be…….

Completing my ACCA qualification and passing all exams first time. It was difficult trying to balance work, studying and a life all at the same time.

Being promoted to manager within two years of qualifying.

Running 13 half marathons in 13 days for Marie Curie back in 2020, raising almost £5,000 for the charity.

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