Hello readers. It is a great privilege to be asked to introduce myself and give you an insight into my life.
My name is Carl Andrew, aged 49 and a half. I am a newbie on the NEYH Regional Board having only joined in August 2017 as Finance Champion.
I live in the beautiful East Yorkshire market town of Beverley with my wife Carolyn, daughters Lauren, 17, and Eleanor, 15 and our loveable cat, Meadow.
I drive the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, which an ideal motorway cruiser as I average over 30,000 business miles a year.
As you can imagine family life is extremely busy so when I do have any spare time I enjoy running, usually at silly o' clock in the morning before I set out for my day job, studying, I am completing my professional accountancy qualification, and reading, usually books on management or the business of running Britain's railways. Yes, I know that is geeky, but I have a passion for both.
As a teenager in 1980's I was a train spotter, travelling all over the UK. I guess that is where my love of numbers came from. So, perhaps it will come as no surprise that my chosen profession is accountancy!
I was born in Hull (although I haven't acquired the distinctive accent which I credit to marrying a girl from West Sussex!) and educated at Hull University where I gained an Honours Degree in Accountancy and Finance and a Master's Degree in Management Systems.
I began my working career at Comet, the now long forgotten electrical retailer, as a trainee accountant. Within a year I was made redundant and, although I didn't realise it at the time, what happened to me then began to sow the seeds for my current professional life.
Throughout the 90's into the early 2000's I worked in finance roles within subsidiaries of household consumables giant Reckitt Benckiser, and the French oil company Total Ato Fina.
In the mid 2000's I was transitioning between roles and decided I wanted a change of scenery. So, whilst I was deliberating I engaged in a temporary 6-month contract with a local engineering company. It was my Eureka moment. I quickly realised that temping, as it was referred to was then, appealed & suited my natural skill set.
Within a couple of years, I had several successful assignments under my belt and had become a seasoned temp. I now realised that I wanted to make temping my career choice and so I decided to become a Career Contractor.
As the director of Finance Reflections Ltd, the company I founded and operate through as a self-employed finance contractor I have worked with a wide variety of organisations in differing market segments, both in the private and public sector, and in a variety of senior finance roles. Companies include Wincanton, Ideal Standard, Stanley Black and Decker, Babcock International, EON, Engie, Wates Construction, Northern Foods, Taylors of Harrogate, the NHS and Defra.
My current contract is with EDF Energy where I am finance lead for a transition programme for their thermal coal power plant at Cottam in Nottinghamshire.
I have had the privilege to work with many inspiring people and it is people that make the difference. And that is why I volunteered to join the Regional Board, to be part of an organisation (CMI) that seeks to inspire and change and improve management skills in the UK.
The role of Finance Champion is key to ensuring the board manages its affairs and discharges its obligations in the most efficient and effective manner. It is an extremely interesting role as it involves me partnering with all the different members of the board, gaining insight into their specialisms, as well as CMI HQ, where I must demonstrate that the board is exercising good financial stewardship.
I am a naturally positive person and I passionately believe in making the most of the opportunities that are presented to me each day!
My philosophy is focused on life long learning because learning makes the difference,education breaks down barriers and makes solutions happen.