How GAS’ management talent are taking the next step

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has always been a fast-paced working environment with regular opportunities for colleagues to progress, as the business’ management talent have found this month.

The Group has earned a stream of employment accolades in recent years, including a National Apprenticeship Award and being named second on Glassdoor’s “Best Employers For Work/Life Balance” list.

Despite a policy of not pursuing awards entries, the business has rightly received this recognition for its approach to its people development.  Recognition is an important element of GAS’ colleague retention strategy and the Group this week has taken steps to acknowledge the contribution of its management team.

Amidst a challenging few years for all of GAS’ colleagues, the Group’s Team Managers have expertly guided their colleagues to improve performance and provide support throughout the pandemic and subsequent global crises.

In many cases, these Managers have needed to be more than a colleague to colleagues in their teams and be more than a manager in their approach to working in unprecedented conditions.

“In many cases, the volatility we have all experienced has given our managers the opportunity to shine,” said Victoria Walton, Associate Director of People.  “From being a constant source of guidance in a volatile marketplace to providing the necessary reassurance and comfort, they have all demonstrated excellence in leadership and we are proud of them.”

“The environment is far from straightforward in many of our operating sectors and the business has frequently had to pivot in order to maintain progress.  This is not possible without a great team of managers.

Man poses on bench with woman standing behind him with "The GAS Life" logo on the wall behind them
Operations Managers Rob Shaw and Linzi Potts

“In true GAS style, we have recognised this and offered promotions to some of our highest performing Managers, who will now move on to new challenges to test their skills at the next level.”

GAS has promoted nine managers to become heads of service within the business, across disciplines including finance, quality and risk, contract management, sales, performance and development, customer excellence and marketing.  They hold a cumulative 48 years’ service at GAS.

“These colleagues have been integral in delivering the strategic direction of our Executive Team and are trusted by the Group’s leadership.  They have proven themselves as leaders and skilled strategists.

“We feel the time is right, with GAS poised to grow its headcount once again, to leverage their talent and ideas to drive the business forward.”Seven colleagues sit across two benches with "The GAS Life" emblazoned in a neon sign on the wall behind them

(L to R) Aman Dhillon, Kevin Appleby, Victoria Walton, Lloyd Tidball, Chris Hobbs, Liam Groves and Adam Brown

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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.