Christina Earls is the new AAT President, succeeding Heather Hill to become the 42nd President.
Christina was the first in her family to go to university, gaining a place at Hull University where she read politics. After graduating, she got a job in revenue at Leeds City Council, then worked across different departments in five local authorities, going on to be a member of CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy).
She joined CIPFA’s Council in 2010 and from there was invited to stand as a co-opted member to AAT’s Council. Shortly afterwards, she formally applied to become an AAT member and became a fellow of AAT five years later.
Christina’s focus as President will include supporting social mobility, helping students develop a personal ethical code to support them through the challenges of their career, and making AAT more sustainable.
She said: “AAT qualifications are open to all – there is no age or cultural barrier – and that’s what’s so appealing. AAT gives people life-changing opportunities, wherever they are in their professional journey, and also helps ensure all our members and students are able to continue developing their skills and technical knowledge. I’m looking forward to working closely with Sarah and the team to help make even more students and employers aware of how AAT can help them – showing that AAT really is for everybody.”