Alan is Group Chief Financial Officer for the Carey Group and brings over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry having joined Carey Group company BDL Dry Lining in 2012 from a main contracting firm. Alan has overall responsibility for the financial management of the Carey Group, overseeing the company’s strategic direction and its Procurement, HR and IT departments. His key responsibilities include facilitating and ensuring budgetary control and developing the continuous improvement of financial reporting and performance.
Alan is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Chartered Institute of Building. He is passionate about ensuring high standards of financial control are maintained and leads his team in improving business performance at a strategic and operational level.
I joined the Carey Group back in 2014 and the Group has been growing organically by an impressive 25-30% each year. The greatest challenge has been to ensure our systems and processes are robust and adaptable to support our Group companies as they continue to expand.
For me, it’s definitely the improvements in the financial reporting we have put in place. This has allowed us capture relevant data and produce very detailed reports, far easier than we could previously.
Within the Finance Department there are great examples of the benefits of Behavioural Science techniques being used. We are a very transactional business so we have empowered our staff to gather relevant data to enable them to pinpoint and target specific problem areas and rectify any issues in a very efficient manner.
This year we embarked on an extensive Group-wide Procure to Pay project. This will create further efficiencies and transactional transparency from our tendering process right through our operational activities and finally to accounts payable. We have increased our investment in our IT infrastructure to ensure we have reporting and decision making agility.