During her stint as English ICA president Dame Sheila Masters has hardly been out of the news. So Taking Stock was not surprised to see another interview, this time in a glossy weekend newspaper supplement How to Spend It. While not quite an interview with Hello!, the piece gave an insight into the psyche of one of the UK's most prominent accountants. While TS is sure the Dame is not short of a bob or two, her spending habits did come as something of a revelation. Dame Sheila is a keen enthusiast of the Sport of Kings and her pride and joy are two National Hunt jumpers which, she says, 'cost as much to keep as children in boarding school'. Other nuggets unearthed in the interview were that former premier Margaret Thatcher is Dame Sheila's role model, and not just for her power-suit dressing. 'I met Mrs Thatcher once and she frightened the life out of me,' Dame Sheila revealed. 'I just stuttered and stumbled, which is not normal for me.' The English ICA president also confessed that the rumour that she may have a fierce reputation was 'probably justified'. 'I don't tolerate fools, and some clever people too. I have a huge workload, so I'm very ruthless with my time. I'm driven by the need for results and I'm a perfectionist, so I can't stand people prepared to work below their ability. They get a verbal roasting. It certainly makes me feel better,' she explained. TS is sure there will be lots of colleagues who will be glad to know this.
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