Kyle Devaney

From meals to deals

Lead Gen Kyle Devaney may have had the most obscure career jump in the whole of Great Annual Savings Group.

Four months ago the Carlisle native was a chef in a North West kitchen.  Now he’s taken to life in a GAS energy cost reduction team like a duck to water.

“Everything is going well so far.  I’ve been working on Lloyd’s team and I seem to be pretty capable considering the career change.

“I worked as a chef, then at a meal preparation company for sports teams.  I wanted a change of scenery and GAS looked a great opportunity so I took the plunge and moved to the North East.

“It’s gone so well that my family is now moving across and we’re buying our first home in the area, which is really exciting.  It’s been a wonderful few months.”

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Clearly someone who possesses an innate drive, Kyle leapt into his new role with both feet.  He’s now reaping the rewards.

“I was keen to get stuck-in straight away.  We received a solid induction and I felt secure with a team around me that was full of knowledge.

“I was answering calls on my first day in the business because I wanted to show what I can do.

“You must have confidence to excel in this role and, as I’ve learned, you need to be adaptable.  Having a solid team around you breeds both those things and I feel like I’ve got that in Lloyd’s team.  The rewards, incentives and staff perks here are like nothing I’ve ever seen in my career and it’s spurring me on to achieve more.”

When it comes to new challenges, the proof is in the pudding with Kyle.

“Take the chance and believe in yourself.  I did that and now my family is joining me to do the same.  Things couldn’t be going better.”

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.

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“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.