How long have you worked at Apex Lifts? Nearly 5 years, since 2012.
What’s your background/what are your past experiences? After graduating from Nottingham Trent University, I was a Finance Director for a newspaper company based in the East Midlands for many years. In 2006, I hopped over the Channel and my family and I moved to a small town near Toulouse. I worked in a place called ‘Auch’ for a while, before joining a French-owned lift based company in Kent.
What motivated you to apply for the role, and what are you hoping to achieve at Apex Lifts? Initially, when I finished working with my previous company, I didn’t intend to remain in the lift industry. However, my first meeting with Warren (Apex’s Managing Director) in a coffee shop in West Malling convinced me otherwise, and that working for Apex Lifts would be different to working in a large, national organisation. At Apex, the culture, the staff and way of working is very different – I think there is a great atmosphere (that’s a beer you owe me Warren; please see below).
In terms of hopes, my work outlook is probably the same as everyone else – working hard, being valued and continuing to be part of a successful team are my motivations.
What does your day-to-day job involve? It varies so much from day to day. My main responsibility is the financial stewardship and corporate governance of the business. This can involve anything from reviewing financial performance of projects, to dealing with auditors and advisors or investigating a simple payroll query. I also look after the Human Resources side of the business, which can have its interesting moments.
What’s your favourite part of the job? I don’t really have a favourite part of the job. Making sure that the finance department provides good support to our management team is my key aim. Being part of a successful company is satisfying in itself.
What was the best project you worked on? The most memorable was the Lloyd's of London building. It was fascinating to see how the contract details of the largest project in the company’s history were negotiated between the lawyers, as well as how our management team overcame technical issues to make a financial success of the project.
What’s your favourite building in London? The Royal Courts of Justice.
What are your interests outside of work? I enjoy running and playing golf with my two young sons. Drinking gin and relaxing in the garden come a close second though.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Tall northern bloke.
We’re off to the pub – what’s your order? Pint of Bateman’s Real Ale to start with.
Favourite biscuit? I try not to eat them too often, but my favourite is a McVities digestive - with a cup of tea of course!