Get to Know the People at DBD – Christine Crouch

This months we are talking to one of our newer members at DBD Christine Crouch.

How long have you been at DBD?Christine Crouch outside6s
3 months, but everyone has made me feel so welcome it feels much longer!

What department do you work in and what does your involve?
I work in the Finance team as the Financial Controller.  As part of my role I prepare the management accounts, develop financial controls and procedures, manage the companies cash flow and ensure financial compliance.  I am also responsible for the performance of the finance teams, including Accounts Receivable, Account Payable and the Payroll functions, with the support of an excellent team of managers in Lauren, Sharn and Kevin.

What skills has your role taught you?
The biggest skill I have learnt at DBD is getting used to their systems, a lot of which have been designed and built internally.  What has been refreshing is the ability to review existing processes and start to make changes, where appropriate, to ensure we have robust controls and procedures in place to enable growth.

What helps to motivate you every day?
Coming to work with such a great group of people.  I have three excellent managers and every single member of the team are a great asset to me and DBD.  I firmly believe you are only as good as the team around you and I am therefore, very fortunate.

How does DBD compare to past jobs you’ve had?
What is unique about DBD is that the company lives and breathes its values.  Many companies literature proudly displays aspirational values, but in reality these never filter down to the shop floor.  The Board and Executive Team at DBD are committed to delivering these values, at every level of the business, and I am proud to be part of such a company.

What was your previous role?
I was Assistant Group Financial Controller at RES, part of the Sir Robert McAlpine Group.  They had a £950m turnover and a global presence in a variety of renewable energy solutions.  As part of my role I consolidated and reported the Groups Financial Accounts and performance, managed the global treasury function including cash flow and was responsible for the group’s Indirect tax.

Why did you move companies?
When I turned 40, I took a long hard look at my life, realigned my career objectives and also wrote a bucket list.  I loved my position at RES but after 17 years decided it was time to undertake an exciting new challenge.  I wanted to find a company that shared my core values, where I could utilize all of the skills and knowledge I had gained over the years and the position at DBD offered me that opportunity.

What aspirations do you have for you career at DBD?
Eventually I would love to progress to being the DBD Finance Director, with Neil’s blessing of course!

Tell us one fact we wouldn’t know about you?  I have two very cute Syrian hamsters, Harry and Herbie.  They make great little pets…….. not just for children!
What personal accomplishment makes you most proud? Why? I would say passing my CIMA qualification.  I started by studying for my AAT to allow me to progress onto CIMA, while continuing to work full time.  It was a huge relief when I finally finished studying and all of a sudden had my evenings and weekends back.
Favourite dish to make? Thai red curry.
The best restaurant you’ve ever been to? As an overall experience I would say the Ritz, where I took my Mum for her 70th Birthday.  But the best meal I have ever eaten was actually at River Cottage in Dorset.
Do you have a favourite Film? Top Gun
If you could choose a favourite age, what would it be and why? 31 – enough life experience but still young enough to enjoy it
What’s number 1 on your bucket list? I would love to see a Polar Bear in the Arctic. When I turned 40, I started ticking things off my list, a supercar track day was in first on the list! (Image below)
What was the last book you read? Gone Girl. I love reading, thrillers are my favourite.
What item that you don’t already have, would you most like to own? An Aston Martin DB9 oh and some Christian Louboutin shoes
What’s the most exotic place you’ve travelled to? Mauritius where I got married in 2014.
How would your friends describe you in 3 words?  That’s a hard one, but I would say caring, loyal and driven.
If you were to create a slogan for life what would it be? Treasure your loved ones, you never know when they will leave your life so don’t waste a single minute.
Do you have a favourite board or card game? Trivial Pursuit, it’s a family tradition when we all get together and it can get a bit competitive.
If you were animal what would you be and why? An elephant, they form lifelong bonds, they are strong, intelligent and unstoppable.
If your house was burning down (family are safe) what 3 things would you try to get? Well my two hamsters. A pearl necklace my mum brought me for my 21st birthday which I have worn to every major event in my life and will treasure forever. The other would be a Browning B2 shotgun, which my Dad gifted to me.  It was made in the year I was born, is beautifully engraved and has won him numerous competitions over the years. I hasten to add I don’t wear the pearls while shooting!
Do you subscribe to any magazines? Gardeners World.
A professional or personal skill you would like to learn?  I would love to learn how to play the Piano.  I am completely tone deaf and can’t carry a tune for toffee, maybe I should add this to the bucket list ……….
Secret Skill.. Clay Pigeon shooting (See below)


Christine on the track!

Christine Crouch!

Secret Skill…

Next month we will be talking to Jane Swan.