Career so far...
My career begun working with leading fashion design manufacturer, Dewhirst, as a Junior Management Accountant. With manufacturing sites around the world, my time at Dewhirst gave me a solid grounding of the finance industry.
From there I moved onto Arriva, one of the largest bus and train transport services organisations in Europe, as an Assistant Financial Accountant. Arriva allowed me to experience and understand the mechanics and processes of a much larger organisation.
As an expanding and international business, Arriva provided me with the opportunity to broaden and develop my skills within the finance space of a considerably bigger organisation.
I joined TSG in 2009 as Group Management Accountant and completed my Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification. From there, my role evolved to regional Finance Director for the north east, then expanding again further across the northern region, including Leeds and Manchester. I was then promoted to Financial Controller for TSG, overlooking the commercial and financial operational aspects of the business.
From here I was promoted to Finance Director which is my current role and covers all things finance, contracts, legal and other business-supporting functions such as business services and IT.
If you could be anyone else for a week who would you be and why?
Bob Dylan, he was unafraid of change. As an already unbelievably successful folk singer, but someone who never lived on the back of that success, he introduced electric guitars to the genre, making a lot of enemies along the way but ultimately changing the musical landscape which is now legend.
Has 2019 been a good, bad or ugly year?
A bit of both good and ugly, on the positive front TSG has had a successful year and continues to make progress with regards to financial performance and strategic direction. The ugly remains to be those uncontrollable factors, mainly around the economic uncertainty with regards to the political landscape, particularly Brexit.
What would you have as your last meal?
A spicy curry with an ice-cold IPA.
What keeps you awake at night?
Not much! But I’d say if anything, the uncertainty of how we will all move forward on a global scale as we currently stand. It’s been quite a defining year and we’ve seen a lot of tragedy and unpredictable events take place (including Brexit), so I’d say the uncertainty and unpredictability moving forward - a bit deep, I know!
What piece of technology could you not be without?
My iPod. I’m a big music fan so I like it all in one place and the knowledge that I can access it anywhere, anytime and I’m not reliant on an internet connection. I also have a much beloved record player and vinyl collection which is on the list too, but I’m not sure if this qualifies as technology!
Have any of your predictions come true this year?
Other than our financial forecasts, I try not to make too many predictions! As a business, the shift in consumption of IT and general market requirements continue as we expected, so from that perspective we’ve done well with our predictions.
What do you see as the channels biggest challenge in 2018?
TSG will need to continue to adapt to market changes. We are well-positioned to exploit this challenge and use it as a potential opportunity to strengthen and grow, so whilst the conditions we operate in continue to be challenging, we see them as a great opportunity to help guide our customers and add real value.