A former Millais schoolgirl was part of a team who beat 14,000 students to be crowned global champion of a prestigious accounting award in Sri Lanka.
Kate Beattie, 24, from Horsham was the only female in a team called The Indivisibles from Exeter University that triumphed over stiff competition from 21 other countries at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge (GBC) last month.
Born and bred in Horsham, Kate attended Heron Way Primary, Millais and the College of Richard Collyer before going to Exeter to study Accounting and Sustainability.
It was here she met her team mates, Adam Broadbent, Ronald Liong and Ben White and after beating more than 100 UK teams to reach the national final in June, the Indivisibles flew to Sri Lanka to represent the UK internationally.
The GBC is an international competition designed to bring out the best in potential young business leaders and provide them the opportunity to showcase their talent globally.
They presented a business case which was assessed by a panel of industry expert judges from organisations across the globe, including CIMA, Barclays and Unilever. The champions provided innovative and practical solutions that balanced attention to detail with the appreciation of broad strategic issues.
On winning the award, Kate said: “We are so excited and delighted to have won the CIMA GBC 2012. This has been an amazing experience that we will never forget. The journey has been incredible. We are so proud to have been able to stand shoulder to shoulder with some very talented upcoming business leaders.
“We would like to thank CIMA and all the sponsors for the opportunity and look forward to being part of the CIMA family in the future.”