Stories of our diverse workforce
Stories of our diverse workforce focuses on telling the stories of our firm's greatest asset: our people. By valuing the differences in each other’s stories, backgrounds and experiences, we will build a more inclusive culture where we can realise our full potential.
By 2023, we want to be the best firm at valuing diversity through inclusion. This is an ambitious challenge but we are taking significant steps to achieve it. We know there’s still more work to do and this starts with creating a culture where we value and celebrate the diversity of our people. We believe everyone has a unique story to tell, with different experiences, backgrounds and ideas. Creating a culture where it’s ok to be who you are, empowers everyone to be the best version of themselves.
Here at Grant Thornton we celebrate the fact that each of our people are unique. We’ve been curious and asked our people to open up about themselves. These stories touch on important topics such as caring for loved ones, living with disabilities and long-term conditions, sharing parental responsibility, agile working, mental health, LGBT+ and inclusion.
We hope you enjoy the stories of our people and see that Grant Thornton is a place where you can be your true authentic self.
Game of Crohn’s
Restructuring & Debt Advisory , Treasury Assistant. I like to think of my life as one big episode of Game of Thrones, but the only enemies are Crohn’s Disease and boredom. Growing up in Manchester, my life was ordinary - that was until I was 16 and fell seriously ill. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease soon after.Read more
The lioness, the witch and the closet
Michelle Edwards, Resourcing Adviser. I’ve been working for Grant Thornton for almost eight years. I’ve always felt included and supported with my disability and sexuality by my colleagues and the wider business. I’ve been able to be very open from the start about who I am and who I love.Read more
Part-time benefits advisor, full-time dad
Laurie Eggleston, Associate Director. In late 2016 I decided to take a permanent step down from full-time hours to look after my son, after taking three months of shared parental leave. I think there’s still a fear or a perception that working part-time or taking time off for your kids means you must hit the pause button on your career or even take a step back.Read more
Resilience: it's in the genes
Robert Hannah, Partner. We all have challenges in our life that test our strength and resolve, but I take the view that making the most of whatever your situation will ensure you get the most out of life – don’t complain about the cards you're dealt, just use them wisely.Read more
Perseverance: my journey so far
Jessica Patel, Partner. Coming from a diverse background, I feel I can connect with people from all walks of life. This is particularly important to lead a diverse team that can connect with clients, targets and intermediaries from different backgrounds. I’m passionate about making a difference.Read more
It’s a marathon, not a sprint
Sam Harrison, Associate Director. I have always worked with people. From coaching sport to volunteering at Samaritans. Helping people has always been my passion. Throughout my life I’ve learnt the importance of having strong mental health. I want to continue to push the dialogue and dispel the stigma around mental wellbeing – especially in the workplace.Read more
It’s all about the journey, not the destination"
Paul Wilson, Partner. The first major step in my career was to spend my work placement year during university in New York City. Around this time my mother had terminal cancer and she hadn't been given long to live. I was going to turn down the placement offer but she told me she didn't want me to miss out on this opportunity and encouraged me to go. While it was a difficult decision at the time, I decided to move to New York and start my new journey.Read more