Group Accountant


Andrew joined the Society as part of a business studies degree course at Sunderland University in 1998. During his placement year Andrew gained exposure to all areas of the Finance function notably Operations, Reporting, and Treasury.

Having finished his degree course in July 2000 Andrew rejoined the Society on a permanent basis as Operations Officer.In 2002, as part of departmental restructure, Andrew transferred to the Financial Reporting team where his main duties included administration of purchase and sales ledger system, preparation of cash books, and accounting for tenanted property portfolios. 

Over the next 12 years Andrew was promoted up through the Finance function, and in 2014 became the Head of Reporting Operations, now Group Accountant, becoming a key contributor to high level business projects, producing financial information for Executive team/Board, and mentoring next generation of Finance managers/staff through theoretical and practical training and support.

Why did you choose this particular career path?

Mathematics and Business Studies were always the areas of most interest when undertaking my academic studies, with a career in the Finance industry the natural next step. This belief was further enhanced by a positive placement year spent at the Society as part of my degree course.

What is involved in your role?

I oversee the Reporting Operations team which is responsible for the production of management/statutory accounts, payroll, payment of suppliers, bank reconciliations, and assisting the branch network in their daily operations.

What has been the most influential moment in your career?

Being entrusted to produce monthly financial reports and accounts at a time when I was unsure whether I was ready to step up into the role. The faith and responsibility placed on me by management really helped in my career development and gave me the confidence to excel in my role.

What do you like best about working here? 

No two days are ever the same. Working in such a diverse and wide ranging team means that there is always something new and unique happening which has helped to expand my understanding of the wider business and its requirements.

How has the Society helped you develop?

The Society has provided opportunities for advancement throughout my career and also provided great flexibility when I was studying for my accountancy qualifications.