Our People Stories - Lucy Allen - Grant Thornton Recruitment


What is your background?

I studied Business with Tourism Management for 4 years at Northumbria University and graduated in 2020 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree. Shortly after completing my degree I returned to Jersey and began my career with Grant Thornton.

Why did you choose to work for Grant Thornton?

As my 4 year degree at Northumbria University included a ‘sandwich year’, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study abroad for 6 months. I studied business and accounting at Clarkson University in New York. Once my 6 month study period ended, I decided to search for work placements in Jersey to complete my sandwich year. Grant Thornton immediately stood out from most firms by their size, culture, and reputable brand. I felt significantly more comfortable during the interview process as opposed to my interviews with other firms, I felt valued from the very start.

Following a successful and happy placement with the Recovery and Reorganisation team, I was offered a full-time position on completion of my final year at University.

What is your role and what do you like about your position?

I am a Senior Associate working within the Recovery and Reorganisation department. What I like most about my role is that no two days are the same. Due to the number and complexity of the cases we deal with on a day-to-day basis, there is never a dull moment. I enjoy the fact that my role is client facing, which has helped grow my confidence and interpersonal skills.

Why do you like working at Grant Thornton?

The main reason I enjoy working at Grant Thornton is the people. From my first day, everyone made me feel so welcome and comfortable, and nothing has changed from then to now. There is a big sense of community at Grant Thornton and I really enjoy the social aspects of working within the firm.

Grant Thornton has always supported me in my professional training and the decision to study towards an ACCA qualification. I really like the fact that, unlike some professional firms who dictate which qualification to study towards, the company gave me the freedom in choosing the option which fit best for me, which really took some pressure off.