Accounting and Financial Management
Mrs Caroline Willett
- Qualifications: BA (Hons) (Birmingham), ACA.
- Role Title: Director of Work-Based Learning, Audit and Accounting
- Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
- Telephone: 023 9284 4037
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Department: Accounting & Financial Management
- Faculty: Portsmouth Business School
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with the national firm of Pannell Kerr Foster (now part of BDO) I gained wide audit experience, particularly in small and medium-sized clients. I then moved first into management accounting for heavy industry at Rugby Portland Cement followed by a post evaluating potential takeover targets for a City energy conglomerate. In 1987 I moved to a financial controller's post in an American multinational, focusing on strategy development alongside traditional forecasting and reporting.
I joined the University of Portsmouth in 1990, where I have used my experience and expertise to teach on the accredited accounting degrees in the areas of management accounting and auditing. I was Course Director for the accounting and finance undergraduate programmes for eleven years during which we achieved exceptionally high scores for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.
During this time I developed an interest in working with local third sector organisations and began to place suitably experienced students with charities to assist them in their accounting and reporting. This interest has expanded into a role developing student employability, particularly through the medium of relevant work experience. I now head up a team of qualified and experienced accountants in the department training and supervising students to deliver audit-related services to local charities. I maintain my relevant skills by continuing to work with charities: I am currently Hon Treasurer of The Rowans Hospice and serve on the Finance and Investment Committee of the Cathedral of Portsmouth.
My early research focused on aspects of performance measurement in the auditing profession. More recently I have developed a particular interest in accounting education. I have also conducted work in the area of trust and fraud.