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Meet the team – Vimbai Mashavave

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Meet Vimbai, Assistant Audit Manager in our Charities team. Vimbai has worked in our Leeds office since May 2021. Read our interview below to find out what she enjoys most about her career at BHP and how she likes to unwind after a busy day at the office…

What attracted you to the firm?

BHP is people centred. They care about you as a person and focus on your development and needs more than the bottom line. I felt cared for, heard and important. It feels like you are part of a family; everyone is friendly, from the junior level to the partner level.

What does your day-to-day role involve?

My role involves planning and reviewing audits, communicating and relationship management with clients, and motivating and training junior staff members.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The thing I enjoy the most is having the opportunity to make a difference by helping people, for example, helping the juniors through coaching or motivation. I also enjoy helping clients to make sure they get value for money. And sometimes there are opportunities to help them beyond the statutory audit they dread every year.

How has BHP helped you in your career so far?

BHP listened to what I wanted to do. I wanted experience in planning through to completion and exposure to all areas when I first joined as a semi-senior. Now I have experience in all these areas and have been promoted twice since then to Assistant Manager.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Zimbabwe. I self-studied ACCA while I was working full time at a media company.

What do you do to unwind after a day in the office?

After my son sleeps, my husband and I find something to watch, for example Dragons’ Den or The Apprentice.

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

Away from work, I like to swim, write and spend time with my nine-month-old son.

We (my husband and son), enjoy taking walks. We can walk around the area we live or sometimes we drive to a park or village.

What do you prefer – a TV series, book, or film? What are your favourites?

I definitely prefer to read hard copy books (I still love to flip a page) – particularly when I need a break from a screen. I have read most books authored by Francine Rivers and Danielle Steel. Redeemed by Francine Rivers is a title I have re-read. I have a collection of her other titles in my small library.

I enjoy motivational books as well. TD Jakes and Robert Kiyosaki are some of my repeat picks. The rest are random titles without leaning towards a particular author. Otherwise, I am a wide reader. If the summary tickles my fancy, I give it a try. I enjoy reading to my son – while he tries to eat the book!

A TV series is the best alternative. Sometimes I just want to watch something. I can watch Chinese or Korean historical dramas non-stop.

What is the one place on earth that you would want to visit (that you haven’t already) and why?

The Maldives. It’s a beautiful place and I’ve always wanted to visit.