Chris Chan

Staff Profiles – Chris

Here at Great Annual Savings, our people are at the heart of everything we do. So, as part of National Careers Week 2020, we decided to shine a spotlight on some of our GAS family.

In this feature, Chris Chan, our Business Solutions Manager, explains exactly what it’s like to live #TheGASLife.

How long have you worked at GAS?

Just over 12 months now.

How would you describe GAS in five words or less?

Fun, rewarding, challenging, lucrative, fulfilling.

How would you describe your role in three words?

Busy, proactive, organised.

Have you always worked in the energy sector? If not, what other sectors have you worked in?

Before GAS, I worked in energy but before that I worked in an Estate Agents and in insurance before that.

What are your professional aspirations?

To be in the management structure eventually!

How would you describe the company culture at GAS?

If you put the graft in, you’ll reap the rewards! You’re trusted to essentially be your own boss.

Top three tips for anybody looking to carve a career in the industry?

Work hard, be yourself and use your personality, remember the person on the other end of the phone is only a human too!

Have you achieved anything as a result of working for GAS that you otherwise wouldn’t have?

Very nice holidays a few times a year and I now have a good car.

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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.

Quote:

“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.