Chartered Star 2020/21: finding solutions

Jan 13, 2021
Chartered Star Aisling McCaffrey wants to connect with other young leaders to find effective solutions to today’s global problems.

Why did you want to be the 2020/21 Chartered Star?

For me, being the 2020/21 Chartered Star would ultimately give me access to a global platform and a network of people to help create greater awareness for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and effect lasting change. This was my main motivation when applying.

What do you hope to learn at the conference this year? What are you most looking forward to?

By attending the One Young World summit, I am hoping to deepen my understanding of the issues currently facing our society and identify practical steps I can take to help address same. I am really looking forward to connecting with other young leaders who are passionate about making a social impact. I’m excited to share my ideas, learn from the experiences of others and collaborate to find effective solutions to global issues.

What has been the most challenging part of your Chartered journey?

Initially, finding the balance between work, study and life in general was tricky. I learned that creating routine and setting goals to encourage consistency worked well for me, as well as lots of lists! 

As I have progressed through my career, I’ve found the challenge is more about finding confidence in my own knowledge and ability. I’ve been very lucky to be surrounded by colleagues, friends and family who regularly encourage me to be the best version of myself. 

What do you hope to accomplish in your year as the 2020/21 joint Chartered Star?

My hope is that alongside Caroline, we can facilitate the implementation of initiatives that relate to UN SDG 2030 targets. My Chartered Accountants Ireland qualification has provided me with technical knowledge and skills that I have been able to utilise in all aspects of my life, and to that end I also want to use the opportunity to promote the profession and encourage others to consider pursuing the qualification. 

Who inspires you personally and professionally?

My number one inspiration is my granny May – she has always encouraged me to think of others, be grateful for the opportunities I have and look for ways I can use my abilities to assist those less fortunate. 

Second, I’ve had the pleasure of watching my good friend Linda Djougang rise through the ranks of Irish Rugby while also training to be a nurse. Her positivity coupled with relentless ambition and drive are a source of inspiration for me. 

Lastly, I greatly admire the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her lifelong pursuit of women’s rights.

Aisling McCaffrey, Associate Director, Financial Services Advisory, Grant Thornton.