An accountant, who has overcome a number of health problems during her career, has been elected as the new chair of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Sheffield members’ network.
Ecclesfield woman Elaine Shortridge was diagnosed with a brain tumour a number of years ago and missed four months of school and was kept on a high dose of anticonvulsants for a further two years.
But she fought back and completed her technician-level qualification before studying ACCA to become a fully qualified accountant without university education.
She has been qualified for more than 20 years and runs her own practice Shortridge & Co.
Speaking about her election as chair of Sheffield’s ACCA, Elaine said: “I’m delighted to have been elected by my fellow ACCA members.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the great work the network has done over the years, holding events to bring the South Yorkshire business community together and to continue to encourage the next generation of finance professionals.
“I know from my own experience that there are many different routes to becoming professionally qualified and how vital support from already qualified members can be.”
In addition to her day job, she is also a keen runner and is training for three 10km races to raise money for Weston Park Cancer Charity.