Take 5 with Stacie Shaw

Take 5 has shown the team at PKF that there are a lot of things that we may not know about someone, even if we work with them everyday! So we took 5 minutes to chat with 2021 Mark Lonnon Employee of the Year and Commercial Manager, Stacie Shaw, to get to know a little bit about her.

1. What was your first ever job?

Haha – I was a sales assistant at Super Cheap Auto.

I spent some time on the spare parts desk – and used to take great delight in ‘menly-men’ asking if there was a bloke they could speak to; I’d smile at them sweetly, ask them to give me a shot at their question, and shock them when I could actually answer it…

2. Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?

Hm, lots of places like everyone probably – but top of the list probably Canada.

I did a 2013 USA/Canada trip with my extended family (photo at Lake Louise); there are a lot of beautiful places in the world of course, but I reckon Banff comes close to one of the best.

3. What career advice would you give to your younger self?

When I was much younger, a mentor told me “There is no ONE right path. Pick something and back yourself” – and for me I’d give myself advice that has led me to exactly where I am:

Stay at PKF. Take the many, many opportunities they will give you; ignore your self-doubt and lean on / be grateful for the faith they have in you; keep working hard, learn properly from your mistakes.

4. What has been your career highlight to date?

Finding out that Andrew Beattie, behind my back, told a client “I’ll get Stace onto it, she’s safe hands”. When I found out, I don’t think I’ve ever felt prouder.

It’s been my highest professional compliment, and immediately became a daily mantra – to be “safe hands”.

5. What’s your favourite quote?

It’s hard to pick one, because I’m all about quotes and there are so many… probably the one I most try to live by is:

“People will forget what you said, and forget what you did – but they will never forget how you made them feel”

Related insights

Subscribe to our newsletter


Propel your career

Learn more about Careers

Follow us

Find your closest office


Read our latest Clarity mag

View now

About the firm

Transparency reports