A good partner needs to be proactive as well as adaptable. The world is dynamic, which means you must be strong with strategy and astute tactically if you want to succeed. Being a partner is interesting and challenging, as you are responsible for firm-wide issues, with quality control at the heart of the practice. An audit practice is also a training ground, so you must be a good trainer and a mentor to your staff.

I was inspired to become an accountant when I saw how the profession runs industry, financial services in particular. Early in my career I considered moving into banking, but I realised that it would not suit me to concentrate on just one business.

I enjoy providing solutions to companies across all sectors, and practice gives me that

I joined EY Zimbabwe straight from school and studied for an accountancy degree alongside my work. I appreciated the firm foundation provided by the Big Four firm, but was keen to captain my own ship, so I left and formed my consultancy, MBC. After seven years at the helm, however, I was ready to broaden my horizons. I enrolled with ACCA and accepted a role as assurance manager at MJV Chartered Accountants, which subsequently rebranded to Kreston Zimbabwe, having joined the global network. I became a full partner in 2019 and am currently head of advisory services.

What I enjoy about my job is the the diversity of both clients and staff, which makes it interesting. I enjoy providing solutions to companies across all sectors, and practice gives me that. I also enjoy obtaining knowledge and adding value across all sectors, and my job gives me this exposure.

Many companies in Zimbabwe are pursuing strategies based on technological opportunity

The main challenge Zimbabwe faces is the difficult macroeconomic conditions, brought about by hyper-inflation, geopolitics and the Covid-19 pandemic. There has been a sudden realisation of the need for businesses to globalise the services they offer. Therefore, many companies in Zimbabwe are pursuing strategies based on technological opportunity.

If I had law-making powers, I would abolish A levels. I feel that not much value is derived from these exams and students should be bridged into tertiary education as soon as they have taken their O levels.

If I wasn’t an accountant, I would have loved to be a Formula 1 engineer. I am crazy about Formula 1 racing – I’m a tifosi for Scuderia Ferrari – so that would be a dream job. Or maybe I’d have worked in horticulture and animal husbandry: currently, I am taking on some farming activities, as I see this as something I can do after my retirement from the business world.

In my spare time, I like to be active. I participate in many running events, including half marathons and enjoy track-and-field, as an avid follower of the Diamond League, World Athletics Championships and the Olympics. I am also a fan of cricket and Chelsea Football Club.

Travelling with my wife and son has become a passion. We aim to visit every continent in the world and have already started on this journey at a regional level. I also love the cinema, enjoying epic and action movies on the big screen.