"My current role has literally just changed dramatically, having previously worked as an accountant at GBRf. I am currently setting up the ‘Back on Track’ programme, liasing with employees, schools and external parties to set up a mentoring scheme for Year 11 pupils. I am also working out how we change our company vehicles for electric or hybrids so we have less of an impact on the environment. I do a lot of collation of data around our environmental, social and governance impact, to report back to our owners and investors. Learning is a large part of my new role, and will be for the foreseeable future as there are so many elements to Sustainability to learn!"
I completed high school but didn’t go onto sixth form or university. I really enjoyed school and would have continued if I hadn’t been offered a job during the summer holidays! My favourite subjects were Drama, Combined Sciences and Maths.
I left school at the age of almost 16 and found a job at a shipping firm called Geest, which ceased trading a long time ago. I worked at Geest until I was 19 doing roles such as traffic planning and distribution, and then I was offered my first position in Finance, with a BMW dealership. I progressed within Finance and worked for Suffolk College, and then finally I applied for a trainee accountant role with Anglia Railways, which I started at the age of almost 23. I worked at Anglia for almost 5 years, and in this time their sister company of GB Railfreight was created, and myself and a colleague (now our CFO!) ran the finance department of GBRf. Eventually we moved over to GBRf full-time and I have worked in pretty much every role within the department, until moving into my new Sustainability role.
I have been a little bit of a perpetual studier during my career as I enjoy learning something new. I completed my AAT (accounting) qualification, and then I progressed to the CIMA qualification. I really enjoyed studying the subject of accountancy, but I was not very good at taking the exams! This led me to finishing CIMA part-qualified when I was in my late 20s. I then didn’t study again until I was 40, which was when I enrolled for a degree with The Open University. My degree was classed as an ‘Open’ degree, and I was able to choose subjects that I was interested in like Project Management, Strategic Management, Marketing, Professional Communication and I completed my advanced accountancy modules (finally!). My age, increased confidence and new study techniques enabled me to tackle the dreaded exams head on and after studying for 7+ years I graduated earlier this year with a first-class honours degree and have never been more proud of myself!
I always find time to eat and be merry! I love spending time with friends and family and have a cavapoo called Benji whom I adore too much, and love taking him on walking holidays in The Lakes. I’ve recently started sewing too and am taking lessons so that I can be a little more practical around the house.