PKF Francis Clark

Tamara Tax Consultant


“I like the varied work I receive, how friendly the people are and the trust that the firm puts into their employees to allow them to work flexibly but still get the job done. ”

  • What attracted you to PKF Francis Clark?

    I previously worked for a Big 4 firm and upon moving to Cornwall I wanted to continue to work for a larger firm with a great reputation and a varied client base. As I knew I would have to branch out from my previous specialisation I wanted somewhere that would provide me with a place to learn, grow and develop a more varied career.

  • Tell us about your role and what you get involved in

    I am a CTA (exam) qualified Tax Consultant based on the Truro office but part of the virtual TAS team. My background is in the fairly niche world of global mobility (assisting international employers with the UK tax implications of their in and outbound employees) but I am part of the FIRCAT team within TAS (financing, international, reconstructions, corporate and transformations). It is a big change for me but I am thoroughly enjoying widening my skill set and am learning new things on a daily basis.

  • What do you like most about working here?

    I like the varied work I receive, how friendly the people are and the trust that the firm puts into their employees to allow them to work flexibly but still get the job done.

  • Tell us about the culture

    The culture is relaxed but supportive. Hard work is rewarded and the firm puts an emphasis on performance management with yearly performance appraisals.

  • Tell us about your career path since joining the firm and your ambitions for the future

    As I have essentially started my career afresh since joining the firm, I am still at the beginning of my career path. At present my ambitions are simply to be a knowledge sponge and learn as much as I can from those around me. I also look forward to developing relationships with clients and building a reputation both inside and outside the firm as someone who can answer (or know the right person to answer) specific tax queries.

  • What’s been your biggest achievement?

    I would probably say how much I have learnt in a short space of time and adapting to different output styles as these are very different to anything I have done before.

  • How are you supported in your role?

    I have someone assigned to help me set objectives and guide me through the performance appraisal process. I also have the support of a partner in my office who I know I can ask for help and guidance from if needed.

  • What makes someone successful here?

    Being driven and hardworking but also happy to chat to others and show your personality. I would also say being flexible in terms of different peoples’ approaches and adaptable to review points.

  • What advice would you give someone who’s considering applying?

    Be yourself, be honest and don’t be afraid of starting afresh. See new things as an exciting challenge rather than being daunting. It also helps to have a story when you join – I was running the London marathon soon after I started so people know and remember me as the marathon runner which gives a great topic of conversation!

A bit more about me

  • What’s your favourite album and why?

    I have awful taste in music and I normally love anything cheesy and happy (songs good for running) but my favorite album is Divide by Ed Sheeran. I am generally quite a restless person but it never fails to chill me out.

  • What would a "perfect" day look like for you?

    It would start with a long run in the sun and then involve lots of food (probably a pancake based brunch), a coastal walk and sunbathing with my partner and dog. The evening would be spent relaxing with a gin and tonic and a good film.