Meet Mich, Finance Manager from Class

August 29, 2023

How long have you been working at Class and what made you want to join? 

I’ve been here for over five and a half years. I joined as I was very interested in the fintech industry and had a good feeling about the team and culture. Class was at a very interesting stage: I knew that acquisitions and growth were on the horizon.

To be honest, I originally joined Class as a Financial Accountant to take a step back for better work-life balance. In my previous role, I was a Finance Manager at Countplus, so Class was the role of choice. Back then we only had a small team of less than 100 people, which is what attracted me to the business.

Tell me about your role at Class?

I oversee the preparation of the monthly management accounts, prepare our statutory accounts for half and year end reporting, manage and assess our tax obligations and review any tax implications, review payroll, ensure that we are compliant with accounting standards, assist with financial systems improvements and implementations, and lots and lots of spreadsheeting. I know – exciting stuff! But I love it, and yes, I do own an ‘I love spreadsheets’ mug. I also lead and mentor a team of seven across our Sydney and Gold Coast offices. They are the backbone for me: I trust and rely on my supportive team.

What’s the best thing about working at Class? 

The people, the passion, the work ethic, my team, and the opportunities that this company has given me. Class is a place that truly cares about its people, where everyone’s input and ideas are highly valued.

What is your ‘superpower’ and how do you use it in everyday life?

I wouldn’t say I have a superpower, but I enjoy teaching people, helping people, and assisting people to reach their full potential. This is what landed me a role as a People Leader, and I love it. People also know me for my love of dressing up: if there is a meeting, competition or fancy-dress work party, I’m there in a wig and costume! I might add, I have won or have been runner up in every fancy dress competition!

If there was one piece of career advice you could give someone, what would that be?

Don’t think of failure or mistakes as something that has to stop you from striving or reaching your full potential. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone fails… take the learnings from that to build resilience.  Adapting, improving and perfecting comes out of these failures and mistakes.