Keren_Blakey

PwC has provided me with an amazing career and I’ve really made the most of all the opportunities I have been given since joining.

Every day I am challenged by an exciting and dynamic environment and get to engage with fantastic teams and clients. My children refer to me as a talking accountant who goes for lots of coffees and lunches!

I have been incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to continue to grow and develop myself and others with PwC.

PwC has taken me places I never thought I would go. I started in Auckland; went on a short-term, six-month secondment to Vancouver, Canada, in my third year returning to follow my partner (David) to Wellington and PwC for a couple of years; and then as a newly married couple we seconded to the UK, David with Yorkshire Bank and myself with PwC. We spent four fabulous years in the UK where I was able to work on some fantastic financial services clients who were in acquisition mode, which was really interesting. I achieved several promotions, worked with some amazing, talented clients and staff and we had two children while in the UK. PwC in the UK paid for my childcare for my first year back at work, which made the transition back to work a lot easier.

On returning to NZ, I initially planned to return to work as a senior manager and to see if I could make this work with the family. Six months later I was offered partnership! At the time I was astounded, once I got my head around it, and with some encouragement, I took up the opportunity, and it was one of the best things I have ever done.

Continuing to challenge myself with different experiences has been critical to remaining relevant to the world we live in. In the rapidly changing global world, we need people who are agile, adaptable and great communicators. PwC can give you all this.

I spent eight years as a People Partner in our Assurance division, where I got a chance to work closely with our fantastic partners and support people as they developed their own careers.

Then, in 2015, I was voted on to the PwC Board, where I’ve really enjoyed the broad governance perspective.

I am also on the Board of Governors of Diocesan School for Girls which provides a welcomed different perspective in the context of educating girls for a changing world.

If you love a challenge, people and variety, PwC is the place for you to start a fabulous career.

Keren’s journey

1993 Graduate PwC Auckland
1997 Manager PwC Wellington
1999 Senior Manager PwC Birmingham/London
2006 Partner PwC Auckland
2007-2014 Assurance People Partner PwC Auckland
2015 PwC New Zealand Board New Zealand
2016 Board of Governors Diocesan School for Girls New Zealand