Base 2013 National Final

27th June 2013

On the 27 June six Year 12 students participated in the Business, Accounting and Skills Education (BASE) 2013 National Final at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

Following the girls’ fantastic performance at the 2013 regional heat they definitely earned their place at the National Final.

 The JCG team members were:

Ellie Bennett

Jennifer Russ

Lindsay Young

Emily Bain

Naomi Dodds

Shamalie Elkin

 The Final allowed the top 25 teams from across the UK to come together, beating off competition from the 239 teams (1,426 students) that participated in the BASE 2013 regional heats. This is a huge achievement in itself and we are very proud of our girls for reaching the final.


The Final provided an opportunity for the girls to represent JCG and Jersey, by competing in the ultimate business challenge. Through applying the skills and knowledge they had already gained in the regional heats, the judges were looking for inspiring teams that could demonstrate determination, business excellence and creativity.

 The JCG team were judged by:

David Knight, Financial Controller, Bakkador

Hiliary Oldham, Finance Director, House of Goodness Ltd

Sharon Spice, Head of Student Recruitment and Marketing, ICAEW

 The BASE 2013 judges represented practice and business and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the competition. Charles Carter, the Director of Regions of ICAEW spoke to the JCG team and offered words of encouragement. There were other judges from ICAEW and we were honoured to have the Chief Judge, Tim Williams in our presence with his wealth of experience as the current Financial Controller of Manchester United FC.

 The evening brought a formal celebration dinner which comprised of a delicious three-course dinner, award ceremony and evening entertainment. The guest speakers included Tim Williams and Mark Freebairn from Odgers Berndtson. Tim Williams gave an account of his career to date, along with some advice for any aspiring ICAEW Chartered Accountants of the future. Mark Freebairn inspired the audience with anecdotes of his experience at Odgers Berndtson and how to get ahead in any professional organisation.

 Following a gruelling day the girls and staff enjoyed the entertainment and used the opportunity to network with a variety of ICAEW accountants and like-minded students and teachers from other schools across the UK.

 We look forward to the BASE 2014 competition and have our sights set on becoming the National Champions.

 Mr Sykes and Ms Hutchings