Get to Know the People at DBD – Neil Harvey

This month we spoke with one of our Directors, Neil Harvey, to gain some insight into how the business is run.

What department do you work in?
I work in the Finance Department as the company’s Finance Director.

How long have you been at DBD?
About three and a half years.

What exactly does your job role involve?
It’s so varied I love it. As the Financial Director I oversee the financial management of the business, this includes Sales ledger, Purchase ledger, Payroll and Banking. I also oversee the IT Department who provide critical business reporting, supporting our systems (many of which have been designed in-house) and developing new capabilities. Lastly, I also oversee the Commercial Project teams who manage commercial performance of major projects. I get to see so many exciting things take place, one minute I could be found finalising new IT programmes for our tablets, the next negotiating with the bank!

What skills has your role taught you?
Over the years I’ve worked in a variety of roles, from IT Development to the fluffy-end of Marketing. In the past I have questioned how I will ever use such knowledge again, but it’s interesting to see how you can weave such experience and knowledge in to new roles. I like seeing how past skills gained in large corporate companies can be adjusted to benefit small to medium enterprises like DBD.

How does DBD compare to past jobs you’ve had?
DBD is a genuinely friendly, family business but at the same time has a professional and creative environment for all to enjoy. It is helpful and is by far the most enjoyable job I’ve had. In the past, I controlled a selection of pixels on a vast screen, at DBD I influence the style of the entire canvas!

How do you feel about your team?
We have a great Board team – Sam is an inspirational MD with great vision and judgement – Martin, is the ultimate professional Ops Director – Bob, our Chairman and co-founder, uses his wealth of experience to guide us all. Throughout the organisation I work with honest, genuinely motivated individuals who really appreciate DBD and want to give their best. When you see that helpful attitude it helps you to deal with the ups and downs.

What helps to motivate you every day?
I love seeing a job done brilliantly! Seeing how we can improve a process and achieving it with great care by all involved!

What aspirations do you have for you career at DBD?
I’d like to see the business become more efficient so that the working environment is less pressured and more productive for everyone.

First record you bought? Golden Brown by the Stranglers.
What was the last film you went to see? Dad’s Army.
As a child you wanted to be… A structural engineer.
Last meal on Earth? Toad in the hole with creamy mashed potato.
Worst job you’ve ever done? Ford Dealership as a dogs body.
Home is… With Tina and the girls.
Worst childhood memory? Leeds United being beaten by Bayern Munich in the European Cup Final 1974
Favourite place on Earth? At home with Tina and the girls.
Biggest bug bear? I’m pretty calm individual, but if I ever bang my head… and people laugh
Most pointless fact you know? Facetious is the shortest word in the English language where all the vowels are in alphabetical order.
If you could splurge on one thing what would it be? An island retreat in the Lake District
Favourite Music? Two Tone
What’s the one dish you absolutely will never eat? Prunes
What’s one professional or personal skill you wish you had? I wish I loved running and cycling – I don’t
How decimal places do you know pi to? 13
Love is… Tina

Next month we will be speaking with Glenn Beardon.