CaptureA tax assistant at RSM in Newcastle is celebrating after scoring the country’s highest mark in her chartered tax exams.

Sharlene Botterill, who joined RSM in December 2014, picked up the Ronald Ison medal awarded to the candidate with the highest mark in the advisory paper on the taxation of individuals, beating almost 350 people who sat the paper in the last sitting.

In April, Sharlene will attend a ceremony at Drapers Hall in the City of London where she will be formally presented with her prize from the Chartered Institute of Tax.

Sharlene, 26, who attended the Durham Johnston Comprehensive School before graduating from Northumbria University in 2012, works in RSM’s 18-strong tax team in the North East where she advises private clients.

Steve Railton, office managing partner at RSM in the North East said: ‘As anyone who has been through it will appreciate, trying to juggle work and study commitments at the same time is no easy task but I’m delighted that Sharlene’s hard work and dedication has paid off. We are all immensely proud of her achievement.’