Nurgul’s journey with Frankham began in 2007 when she joined us as a Junior Accounts Assistant. Over the past 17 years, she has progressed through various roles and we are very proud to share her inspiring story.

As we celebrate her well-deserved promotion, we had the opportunity to catch up with Nurgul to discuss her path to success, the challenges she overcame, and her vision for the future.

My journey started in 1994 when I moved to the UK at the age of 12. It was a challenging time as I couldn’t speak English and initially struggled academically, failing my GCSEs. However, I was determined to achieve my dreams. I retook my exams and passed them all, then pursued A levels in Accounting, Business Studies, and Sociology at Orpington College. Eventually, I earned my BA Honours in Accounting & Finance from the University of Greenwich.

Joining Frankham in 2007 as a Junior Accounts Assistant was a significant milestone for me. Despite my initial nervousness during the interview, Alan Spencer, John Gardner, and Neil Roberts made me feel welcome and comfortable. The role was attractive because it offered ACCA study support, which was crucial for my goal of becoming a chartered accountant, and it was conveniently close to home.

Frankham feels like a second home to me and the supportive, family-oriented culture has been instrumental in my development. The company provided a number of opportunities for my professional growth, including support for my ACCA studies and management training such as the LMI Training by Roger Waplington. I am also grateful for the mentoring I received from Alan McCarthy, a very experienced former CFO and FD, whose guidance has been invaluable in my professional development. This has helped me progress through various roles, from Group Financial Account to Group Chief Account and to where I am today.

Special mentions go to Steve Frankham MBE, Richard Chitty, Jason Waplington, Alan Spencer, and John Gardner, who have played such an important part in my journey.

My advice for anyone starting their career in finance is to find a niche that interests you, stay curious, and commit to continuous learning. Building a professional network and looking for mentorship can provide valuable guidance and open doors to new opportunities. Most importantly, believe in yourself and be willing to take risks.

As the new Group Finance Director, my plans include maintaining business as usual while becoming a strong leader for the finance team. I aim to provide opportunities for team members by offering training and support, ensuring they can perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. My vision is to encourage a collaborative and highly skilled team that drives the financial success of the Frankham Group.

I am honoured to take on this new role and look forward to continuing to contribute to Frankham’s success. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey.