Stuart Graham

Staff Profiles – Stuart

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, Stuart Graham, our Partnerships Manager, explains exactly what it’s like to live #TheGASLife.

How long have you worked at GAS?

I started early March 2017, so nearly three years.

How would you describe GAS in five words or less?

Amazing, rewarding, positive and an easy commute!

How would you describe your role in three words?

Rewarding, changeable and enjoyable.

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

I have since moving back to the North East. Before, I worked in Industry (Shipyards in Sunderland), Hospitality (Hilton International), The Voluntary Sector (British Diabetic Assoc and Action for Children – a children’s charity), property development, magazine sales (Food&Wine magazine in Dublin) and radio (Gaydio in Manchester).

What are your professional aspirations?

To be professional, successful and respected within my field.

Top 3 tips for anybody looking to carve a career in the industry?

Get an understanding of the market, work outside the box and don’t set boundaries – it’s a big world out there.

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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.