My current role as Head of Commercial at Dardan Security demands of me much more than simply an accounting/finance function. Given the operational nature of the business, turning over £13m at a very low margin and employing nearly 500 personnel, my remit extends to legal and regulatory compliance, health and safety, risk and insurance management, project and contract costing, and sales and marketing; as well as management accounting, forecasting for future performance, cash flow, managing the sales and purchase ledger and treasury functions, and closely measuring profitability against budget. I am a member of the senior leadership/management team, the number one finance position within the company and the de facto finance/commercial director. I act as a “second opinion” – or “confidante” – for the managing director and leadership team, offering stewardship and guidance to ensure that any operational business decision made is fully appraised for its financial viability; a task I take very seriously.
I sit on the board of directors of a smaller subsidiary company of Dardan Security, I am a member of the Bank of England’s decision maker panel, and act as non-executive director for two local charities and community interest companies, allowing me to both widen my own skillset as well as offer my skills to different industries with differing challenges. Time management is key to balancing family commitments with such a varied work portfolio, but the experience I gain from one field allows me to contribute more to the others.
To summarise, I am very keen to prove that the finance function of a business isn’t simply a back office or overhead function – I can demonstrate that I deliver real value to businesses through firm and fair financial leadership, by asking the right questions at the right times, and by fully immersing myself into the strategy and lifeblood of the business in question.