Our warmest congratulations from all at DaRo Products to Sarah Pennock who, earlier this year, was awarded her full Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ professional qualification, and earned the right to use the letters ACMA.

When Sarah first joined us at DaRo Products as Office Manager in April 2004 we had no real idea of just how much of a human dynamo we had taken on!

Sarah had already spent a year studying in her own time at evening courses, and after joining DaRo, continued these classes for a further 2 years in order to gain her Association of Accounting Technicians’ professional qualification. This in itself is pretty impressive, but is all the more so when we consider that 12 months after joining us she also became Company Secretary after Rob Benson moved on, and in the following June took over the role of reporting monthly, quarterly and annual accounts figures to the Managing Director.

Having successfully obtained her AAT qualification after 3 years of continuous evening classes, and having taken on greater levels of responsibility for DaRo, many of us may just have taken the opportunity to sit back and rest on our laurels but no, not Sarah.

Keen to progress her career and take on even more responsibility, 3 months later Sarah signed up for several more years of day release at University Campus Suffolk based in Ipswich to work towards Chartered Management Accountant qualifications which, in anyone’s book, is a big commitment.

In April 2007 DaRo UV Systems was formed so Sarah undertook to prepare their monthly, quarterly and annual accounts, and in March 2009 (thanks to further expansion) DaRo Group was also formed – so no guesses as to who undertook to prepare these accounts too.

With this advanced training program and knowledge gained over the past 7 years Sarah has become a real asset to the company’s management team and now also looks after VAT returns and VAT audits, Payroll, Year End, budget setting with the MD, liaising with external IT companies, HR, customer credit control and financial planning and is still often the smiling face that welcomes me when I visit DaRo Products.

You can imagine how delighted we all are for Sarah, who recently passed the final elements of her course and is now fully qualified and entitled to use the letters ACMA after her name

So what does this industrious lady do in her spare time? Yep – she does actually manage spare time as well. She is a big fan of motorcycle racing, especially the Moto GP (must be all the leather gear!), and is the club secretary of the Sudbury Joggers (serious stuff this – check out the website  www.sudburyjoggers.org.uk). Sarah recently completed the City of Norwich Half Marathon in a time of 2.08.26, with a colleague and member of Sudbury Joggers and managed to raise in the region of £350 for Macmillan cancer research and a local charity called “helping hands” which helps the local community – she even manages to make the spare time productive.

I guess that’s enough of embarrassing Sarah now!

Congratulations Sarah – we are all delighted for you – you have earned it.