Ecclesfield accountant Elaine Shortridge has been elected as the new chair of ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Sheffield members’ network.
Elaine, who runs her own practice named Shortridge and & Co, has been a qualified accountant for more than 20 years.
Her story is truly one of overcoming the obstacles that life throws in your way. Elaine’s health suffered for a number of years and she was eventually diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Following the diagnosis she missed four months of school and was kept on high dose anticonvulsants for a further two years. She completed her technician-level qualification before studying ACCA to become a fully qualified professional accountant without university education.
Speaking about her election, Elaine said: “I’m delighted to have been elected by my fellow ACCA members. I’m looking forward to continuing the great work the network has done over the years, holding events to bring the South Yorkshire business community together and to continue to encourage the next generation of finance professionals.
“I know from my own experience that there are many different routes to becoming professionally qualified and how vital support from already qualified members can be.”
In addition to her day job running her accountancy practice Elaine is a karate instructor, a keen hiker and has just completed a degree in psychology. She is also training for three 10km runs to raise money for Weston Park Cancer Charity.