I started working in Finance as an apprentice for a charity organisation after deferring a place at university to do Business and Marketing and toying with the idea of joining the military as an officer. After 9 months my apprenticeship was finished and funding wasn’t secured for me to stay with them – I dropped my place at uni knowing that Finance was ‘my thing’ & found a job with a training contract with a company called Fraikin that offered commercial vehicle fleet solutions where I became CIMA qualified (Charted Institute of Management Accountants). Over the 7 years I worked here I had various roles in Finance & my major focus tended to be around improvement and innovation including working on a number of different system and reporting projects.
In June 2015 I moved to Dumfries from Coventry where I grew up – a change in scenery would be a major understatement and it took some adjusting but I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else now. I took a job in Carlisle with a house builder as a Management Accountant, with the organisation rapidly growing and about to regionalise I was offered the position of Regional Finance Manager after less than a year & another 2 years later took on the role of Regional Head of Finance for Cumbria & Scotland, again whilst working here I was involved with a lot of improvement and innovation in particular around reporting, systems & controls.
When the role at Loreburn Housing was sent to me it looked like it was too good of an opportunity to miss, so here I am! So far I am enjoying the diversity this role gives on a day to day basis & the new challenge of taking on Procurement. I am looking forward to being able to put my knowledge, experience & perspective from working in the private housing sector to good use at Loreburn.
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