Tell us about your role at Wood
I joined Amec in 2008 as group tax manager. My role was mainly international tax planning and group tax reporting which gave me exposure to everything going on around the group.
In 2013 I was promoted to head of tax and managed a large team with responsibility for all taxes worldwide. In 2014 Amec acquired Foster Wheeler and I worked on the integration of the two tax teams which was both a challenge and a great success.
A fresh challenge came soon afterwards in 2017 when Wood Group acquired Amec Foster Wheeler. I was delighted to be appointed as tax director for the combined group and given the opportunity to integrate the tax teams again to form what is now the Wood group tax department.
When you reflect on your career at Wood what makes you most proud?
My greatest achievement has been the integration of three heritage tax teams to form a highly skilled, enthusiastic and collaborative tax team. I enjoy finding people’s strengths and helping them to fulfill their potential. If you give people accountability and autonomy, I think this brings out the best in people.
What would you tell your friends about working at Wood?
The people make Wood a great place to work. There is so much talent and enthusiasm. The fact that the company is a publicly listed group means that the way we operate needs to be right up to date with current best practice which creates a dynamic environment.
The group embraces diversity and inclusion. It just happens. No need to make a big deal about it. That’s how it should be.
Outside of work what drives you?
I have recently moved from Manchester to Aberdeen with my partner Adam and our dogs Betty and Stan. We are enjoying having the countryside on our doorstep and exploring new places. Aberdeen has lots of independent restaurants and a very lively bar culture which means we get the benefits of a city and a country lifestyle at the same time.