Rising Star Adrian Shines at Ballards LLP, Transforming International Audit Approach

From a school leaver to an Associate Director in just a few years, Adrian’s journey at Ballards LLP has been nothing short of remarkable. His unwavering dedication, sharp intellect, and exceptional skills have propelled him through the ranks, leaving an indelible mark on the prestigious accounting firm.

Adrian’s career began at Javed and Co., where he joined as a trainee audit and accounts associate straight out of school. Quickly proving his mettle, he progressed to a senior position, working on accounts and conducting audits for companies with turnovers in the £180 million range.

Seeking new challenges and growth opportunities, Adrian made the transition to Ballards LLP, where his trajectory truly took flight. It was during his tenure at Ballards that he completed his accountancy qualification, solidifying his expertise and paving the way for his rapid ascent.

“Adrian’s progression has been truly impressive,” says Ben Powell, Audit Partner at Ballards LLP. “His dedication, hard work, and exceptional skills have propelled him to new heights within our firm. Adrian’s contributions have been invaluable, and we are proud to have him as part of our team.”

From a Qualified Audit & Accounts Senior to Assistant Manager, Audit Manager, Senior Audit Manager, and now Associate Director, Adrian’s journey has been a testament to his unwavering commitment and thirst for knowledge.

Adrian’s impact at Ballards extends beyond his personal achievements. His tenure has marked a significant shift in the way the firm handles international audits, reflecting his forward-thinking approach and deep understanding of global business practices.

“Adrian’s insights and innovative ideas have transformed the way we approach international audits,” Powell adds. “His contributions have been instrumental in streamlining our processes and ensuring we remain at the forefront of our industry.”

Outside of work, Adrian maintains a healthy work-life balance. A passionate football fan, he is a season ticket holder for Aston Villa Football Club and enjoys playing five-a-side football weekly, allowing him to unwind and recharge.

Adrian’s story serves as an inspiration to aspiring professionals, showcasing the rewards of dedication, perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. His meteoric rise within Ballards LLP is a testament to the firm’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering an environment where individuals can thrive and reach their full potential.


L-R Adrian Sidaway – Associate Director Ballards LLP and Ben Powell Audit Partner Ballards LLP