The Edinburgh Napier and Balmoral Asset Management partnership
Balmoral Asset Management and Edinburgh Napier University’s long-spanning partnership began in 1999. This was the year the wealth management firm was founded; and the University’s BA(Hons) Financial Services course had its first graduating cohort.
One of these graduates was Euan Atkinson. After Euan completed his studies at Edinburgh Napier, he joined Balmoral’s brand-new graduate scheme. He’s remained at the firm ever since and has risen through the ranks to hold the position of Director.
Balmoral Asset Management is forward-thinking and a prime example of this is their eagerness to foster links with Edinburgh Napier. Since 2009, they have awarded a series of graduation prizes which recognise excellence in Financial Services Management and Economics & Management. They also frequently employ interns from the University.
This 20-year partnership has enabled them to secure access to talented graduates and has allowed Euan to give back to a University he enjoyed so much.
One of the prizes Balmoral award is the John Troy Memorial Trophy. John Troy was Head of Accounting, Economics and Statistics at Edinburgh Napier during Euan’s time at the University. He was a mentor and friend to Euan and passed away a year before the prize was established. John understood the merit in fostering relationships with business and Euan felt it was right to name the award in his memory.
The John Troy Memorial Trophy gets awarded to the best performing honours graduate in Economics with Management. The 2019 winner was Cameron Clark. Having met Cameron on graduation day, Euan was keen to secure him within the firm and Cameron joined Balmoral’s graduate scheme in January 2020.
Keep reading to learn more about Euan and Cameron!
Izabela Golebiewska was awarded the John Troy Memorial Trophy in 2021. Learn more about her below!
How was your Edinburgh Napier experience?
I had a productive and enjoyable time at Edinburgh Napier! I specifically chose to study at ENU because the content of the course had been carefully designed to meet the requirements of accounting professional bodies.
During my time at Edinburgh Napier, I expanded my accounting and finance knowledge. But more importantly, I made friends and got to know many inspiring academics. I also liked how the University has a strong focus on developing employability skills among students and preparing them to apply for their first professional role. Taking all these into account, studying at Edinburgh Napier was a great choice!
How does it feel to win the John Troy Memorial Prize?
It feels great! Being awarded The John Troy Memorial Trophy for my dissertation - the most significant, challenging and time-consuming piece of work during my whole studies - feels very fulfilling.
I am also glad that I had an opportunity to meet Heather from Balmoral Asset Management and learn about the company and its partnership with Edinburgh Napier University. The John Troy Memorial Prize is such a great initiative from Balmoral Asset Management and the history behind the Prize is very inspiring. Interestingly, John Troy was head of statistics at ENU – my interest in this area was sparked while undertaking my research project to the point that I decided to study it further.
What are your plans for the future?
I have recently started my role as a Graduate Trainee Accountant at The City of Edinburgh Council. I am looking forward to learning and developing professionally within the organisation.
My plans for the future are associated with pursuing my long-term goal of becoming a qualified accountant and getting relevant experience in the field. In the next few years, I have the plan to work and study towards The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) professional qualifications. I hope these qualifications will provide me with the quality knowledge and skills to provide accountancy support and contribute positively to Council’s public finances.