CPA Profile
Patrick Magner
CPA Profile
Pat Magner
Portrait headshot photograph of Pat Magner grinning

Title: Audit Partner
Company: Mazars
Qualifications: Fellow of Certified Public Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisor

Why did you decide to start out in a career in accountancy?

It was after my Junior Cert at St Munchin’s College secondary school in Limerick when I realised that accounting was one of my stronger subjects, and I decided I might be interested in studying Law and Accounting at the University of Limerick.

However, I did not end up getting the CAO points I needed at the time and did an alternative course – a Diploma in Business Studies (Marketing) at HSI Limerick Business School. Accountancy was still one of my stronger subjects in both my Leaving Cert and college and so began my journey in the world of accountancy.

Why did you choose CPA Ireland as your qualification route?

To be honest, I was receiving more exemptions and the timing of the exams suited my needs best.

I then researched the popularity of the CPA qualification compared to other qualifications and realised that the CPA was the primary qualification in the US and other countries, which were all on my bucket list for travel once I qualified. The timing and frequency of the exams also suited me better.

Please provide a brief history of your career.
I completed my training with Robert Richardson and Co. in Limerick in 2004 and then joined Deloitte in Limerick as an Audit Senior. I progressed to Audit Senior Manager within the SME division.

In 2015 I decided to leave Deloitte (after nearly 10 years) to join Maguire Caulfield Browne as an Audit Director. It was time for me to leave the Big 4 and continue pursuing my career to partner.

Having joined a smaller firm, and with the previous experience of being part of a large firm, it became clear that, as many of our clients had multi-jurisdiction presence, we needed to be part of a larger firm that had a bigger geographical footprint alongside right expertise and reputation.

We identified that Mazars, as one of the larger accountancy firms in Ireland without a presence in Limerick, would be a good fit for us. In July 2017, we merged with Mazars, and I was promoted to Audit and Business Advisory Partner.

What one word describes what your CPA qualification has given you?
Sustainability. I have experienced both the “Celtic Tiger” and the “Financial crisis” and the benefit of my CPA qualification is that it gave me the skills to be able to advise our clients continuously. Since my first pay cheque (in the accountancy world) in November 1999, I have received a salary/drawing every month without fail.
What has been your biggest career achievement?
Becoming a partner in a large firm such as Mazars, whilst supporting the continual growth of the practice, across Ireland and specifically within the Southwest region.
What or who inspires you most in business?
I have been fortunate to work with many good people – both clients and colleagues. What inspires me most is observing and supporting our clients who relentlessly pursue their ideas, even when many around them disagree, to realise their full potential.

In terms of individuals, I think watching John & Patrick Collison and how they have developed their technology and business in such a cutthroat environment, from humble roots on the shores of Lough Derg to become global players is amazing.

What advice would you give to those recently qualified or currently studying for their CPA qualification?

Try and enjoy what you do as in doing so, you will never work a day in your life. I have been fortunate enough to be able to say that there has been no day where I didn’t want to go to work, albeit I have had some days which were not so enjoyable.

The benefit of the CPA qualification and the skills you learn along the way will make you an attractive proposition to employ in whatever area you would like to work in.

How do you unwind?

I like to play golf and am lucky enough to be a member of Adare Golf Club, which is a great place to unwind. My kids also play rugby and camogie and I enjoy coaching and helping out with their teams.

What traits do you admire in others?
Integrity, endeavour & humour.