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AN investment bank trainee from Portsmouth has achieved the highest mark in the world in the latest Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) exams.

Jamie McEachran, 22, who is on a graduate scheme in Barclays Investment Bank’s finance division in London, has come top in the world in the CIMA financial management exam, which was held in November last year.

Jamie, who has been studying at BPP University, achieved a score of 94 per cent, beating nearly 5,000 other students from across the globe.

He also sat two of his other professional exam papers at the same time, enterprise management and performance management.

To become a chartered management accountant, students need to complete 10 professional qualification exams across four years.

Jamie grew up in Portsmouth and went to Priory School and Havant College before going on to study economics at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2012.

His current role on the Barclays graduate scheme is in the finance function, providing detailed financial analysis to stakeholders within the investment bank.

Jamie, said of his success: ‘I am delighted to have done so well in my professional exams and winning the prize was fantastic. The exams were really tough and were hard work but I had a lot of support from both BPP, through which I studied, and from my employer.

‘The qualification has given me not only the basic accounting skills but also helped me to understand the wider business context of my work.’

Sarah Ghosh, CIMA central southern England chairwoman, added: ‘Jamie has shown fantastic dedication to come top in these professional business exams, and I’m sure his success will inspire other students to excel in the CIMA qualification.

‘The CIMA qualification produces versatile professionals with breadth and depth of knowledge gained in practical business settings.’