18th May 2017

Interview with a Partner – Ian Wrightson

This blog is part of our ‘Interview with a Partner’ series, introducing you to some of Mazars’ UK partners to gain insights into their role, the direction of the firm, and how to stand out as a new graduate recruit. Watch this space for more coming soon!

  • What’s your role within the firm?

I have a number of roles within the firm. Firstly, I am on the UK Executive, responsible for enriching our talent and culture. What does this really mean? Well, as an Executive we are focussed on maximising the development and potential of all our team, giving every member of our team the opportunity to maximise their career within Mazars. We also want to ensure our culture is fit to be a Modern Firm, a Modern Mazars. Secondly, I am an audit and business advisory partner based in our Leeds office, looking after a quality entrepreneurial client base, being both national and international clients And thirdly, I help to grow our client base by bringing new clients to Mazars, who need the quality of business and personal advice that we currently provide our existing clients.

  • Where did you work/study before Mazars, and why did you join the firm?

I started my accountancy career in a Big 4 firm. After 5 years I moved into industry and only stayed for 18 months as I realised I was more suited to a career within the profession, rather than industry. I then moved to another Big 4 firm for 5 years before meeting a Mazars partner at a networking event in 2003. I was intrigued by the story of Mazars, excited by the opportunity, the aspirations of the partners I subsequently met before deciding to join as a partner early 2004.  I have not looked back since, and have thoroughly enjoyed my Mazars career. The firm has a special culture, one that we are proud of and competitors are envious of.

  • What’s the best thing about working here?

Easy answer – the people.  If you don’t enjoy who you work with, then what is the point of working in that firm. I have made some great friends over the years, and colleagues whom I have tremendous respect and loyalty to. I believe we have a supportive, yet challenging environment. That fits me.

  • In your opinion, what are the biggest opportunities and challenges for Mazars today?

Biggest opportunities – we are a truly international firm. We need to make the market more aware of this and ensure our integrated, one firm global reach assists both clients and future clients in the coming years.

Biggest challenges – the market disruption that is affecting the accountancy profession in terms of technology and digitalisation.

  • What are the most important skills / competencies you look for in graduate applicants?

Spark, energy, enthusiasm, willingness to learn, personality

  • What top tip would you offer a new graduate starting at Mazars?

You are part of the Mazars team. You have a voice. You will be listened to. You are the next generation. We need your ideas. You are joining a truly international firm, your opportunities are endless as you develop within Mazars, whether in the UK, a secondment overseas – for example, New York, Cape Town, Sydney, Bermuda, or a move into a different service line.


Ian Wrightson
Partner, Leeds

  • Audit
  • Interview with a Partner
  • Leeds
  • May-17