Team Spotlight – Volha Romanchik

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Welcome to our Team Spotlight Series, where we showcase the individuals behind InCorp Advisory. Today, we are pleased to introduce Volha Romanchik, Senior Audit Manager.


With a diverse background that began in Belarus and included a change of careers from interpreter to auditor, well-travelled Volha Romanchik is very happy to call Perth home.

How did you end up at Rothsay?

I was working at Nexia at the time and was still in my probationary period, so I was looking around at other jobs when I interviewed with Rothsay. I figured you can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket, and it worked. The offer was just too good to say no. They offered me to lead the Perth office auditing team and I was like, “Yep, I’ll do that!”

Tell us about your interpreting background?

I actually spent about 10 years as an interpreter before moving into accounting and auditing.

It started because I have an older sister who is 11 years older than me, so when I was in school she was already at university. That means I was always kind of being compared to her.

So I thought to myself, “Okay, if you can’t get by on quality then get by on quantity!” So I ended up learning eight languages. Once I realised I could do that and I was good at actually using the language, that’s how I became an interpreter.

How did you master so many languages?

I’m lucky because I grew up with two native languages – Russian and Belarussian. Then I learned the five major languages plus Turkish.

But I’ll tell you one thing about learning new languages: if you don’t use them, you lose them straight away. After so long living in Australia I can barely speak anything but English – even my native languages are very broken at the moment.

What do you love about the Russian language?

Reading Russian literature was something I loved growing up. I used to be a bookworm, but now I’m mostly reading auditing and accounting standards!

The Russian language is very flexible and amazing for poetry. It’s easy to translate foreign poetry into Russian. You can read Shakespeare, for example, very easily in Russian and it flows.
Then there’s Tolstoy, Pushkin, Dostoevsky – you learn them all in school and you don’t really understand them. But these days you see the way the world is and there are so many modern relations. War and Peace is very relevant today.

Do you like following what’s going on in the news?

It’s important to stay informed, but it’s getting harder to do that. In terms of consuming news and staying on top of things there’s just so much information overload.

When did you first come to Australia?

I moved here alone in August 2011, so I’ve been in Perth for 12 years. I feel like a local!
I had no family here whatsoever. You’ve probably heard of the brain drain of the Soviet Union. Out of pretty much all my relatives I was the last one to leave. Everybody has spread all over the world. I have relatives in America and Ireland, but my Dad is the last man standing in Belarus because he’s already quite old, so it’s probably easier for him to stay there.

Why Perth?

Belarus is considered to be geographically the heart of Europe, but a lot of meteorologists say it’s actually the bladder of Europe because it’s constantly raining! We only get 150 days of sun a year, and that’s including winter spells where it’s -30°C.

Our winters here in Australia are like summer over there. So when I came to Perth, the first thing I realised was the air was so clear and transparent, and the sky was so blue. It was like the pictures I used to paint in first grade.

If you weren’t an accountant, what would you be?

An astronaut.

I’m a huge fan of science fiction shows like Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Stargate and Babylon 5. I’ve always loved the idea of space travel and exploration.

If you had a million dollars to spend in three days – and you had to spend all of it, not just invest it – what would you do?

So I can’t turn it into a passive income?

I spent time growing up in a village, so I can imagine living in a house where you come out onto the porch in the morning and there are chickens wandering around. I also spent time growing up in big cities, and I like them, but rural life is a little more peaceful.

So with a million dollars I would probably buy a hobby farm. One with ponies, donkeys, chickens and lots of animals.

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