PwC Celebrates Bermudian HeadStart Milestones

July 10, 2020

Bermudian Sean Kelly – a part of the inaugural HeadStart programme in 2008 – was named a partner at PwC Bermuda, effective July 1.

A spokesperson said, “PwC’s HeadStart programme provides Bermudians with scholarships, training and mentorship to springboard their careers in the financial services industry. Aimed at accelerating personal and professional growth, the programme offers co-op, internship, and associate programmes to Bermudian students and graduates, as well as up to $75,000 in scholarship funds annually in addition to full funding for their professional designations.

“Since it began in 2008, HeadStart has resulted in more than 90 Bermudians being hired as full-time employees with PwC. Several of them have developed their global acumen and skills by working abroad through PwC’s global mobility programme, including PwC firms in the US or UK. Many HeadStart alumni have left PwC to forge successful careers in Bermuda’s international business sector.

PwC Bermuda HeadStart Programme July 2020

“This year PwC celebrates a major achievement of HeadStart. Bermudian Sean Kelly was named a partner at PwC Bermuda, effective July 1. Sean was part of the inaugural HeadStart programme in 2008 when he was hired as a full-time associate in PwC’s Insurance practice. Throughout his career with PwC, his focus has been on audits of large-cap public insurance and reinsurance groups, capital markets transactions in the insurance sector, insurance risk and regulation.

“Sean has been heavily involved with the HeadStart programme and coached and mentored many students at the firm.

“Having joined PwC as an associate in the Headstart Programme, I am thrilled and proud to have progressed through the firm and to now be admitted into the partnership,” Mr Kelly says. “I am enormously grateful for the opportunities, the coaching, support and the guidance I have received throughout my career at PwC, and I would like to thank the many colleagues and clients who have helped me along the way.”

Arthur Wightman, Territory Leader, PwC Bermuda, says: “It was with enormous pride that Sean was admitted to the partnership on July 1. He is an outstanding professional and comes with the glowing endorsement of not just his partners in Bermuda but the many partners and clients he supports in Bermuda, London, New York and various other important global financial centres. To look back at our ambitions for HeadStart and reach this milestone is very satisfying. But this is Sean’s moment. He exemplifies our values and is an inspiring role model for us all.”

“Bermudian Tamae Campbell, who was promoted this year to Senior Manager, also began her career with HeadStart. She joined the firm’s asset management team full-time in 2009 as an associate. As Tamae progressed at PwC, she has herself been a mentor to her team and contributed to the firm’s corporate responsibility initiatives through volunteering her time at events and helping to lead PwC’s homeless initiatives, which raised funds and personal care goods for the Salvation Army last year and during the COVID-19 crisis.

“I am excited about moving to this next chapter of my career at PwC,” Ms Campbell says. “Promotion to Senior Manager is a great achievement and, as a Bermudian, I am happy to be forging a path that will inspire others to follow. I am also looking forward to developing existing relationships and fostering new ones through mentorship, expanding my network in the business community, as well as further enhancing the firm’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.”

Mr Wightman continues: “Tamae is hot on Sean’s heels and is driving fantastic results not just with our clients and our people but with the community in which we live. Her leadership is an inspiration as she rightly acknowledges. She is a deeply valued member of our team.”

Damian Cooper, PwC Bermuda partner and HeadStart leader, says: “PwC is committed to recruiting and mentoring the Island’s top talent. We established HeadStart to reflect our commitment to supporting Bermudian students as they progress in their career and realise their potential. These promotions are an important milestone for Sean, Tamae, and our Headstart programme. It is rewarding to see how, through hard work and dedication, our HeadStart graduates have not only developed their own careers but helped mentor their teams along the way. Their success provides a great ambition for the 2020 class of graduates joining us in September. Congratulations to Sean Kelly and Tamae Campbell!”

“PwC’s Headstart is creating leaders of the future through industry-leading coaching, training and real-time development as well as scholarship and exam funding. This summer PwC is pleased to be able to welcome a new class of interns. The six young Bermudians will be working with their teams remotely, taking full advantage of the firm’s digital culture and focus on digital training and upskilling.

“To find out more about the Headstart programme, please visit here.”

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