Introducing Sam Gartside – Our new Finance Director
Adjusting in these uncertain times can be difficult, especially when undertaking an induction period. This has been the case for our new Finance Director Sam Gartside, who we appointed a month ago. Now officially taking over in the role, Sam has completed her first week at RML.
Prior to taking up this opportunity, she held a position of Financial Controller at a Chartered Surveyors. After building the finance team to become the highest performing team in the company, Sam has an excellent track record for increasing turnover. The experience gained in managing people will also prepare her for the team she will be supporting across multiple sites.
Sam is looking forward to this new reponsibility and recognises the importance of her role: “RML is a growing organisation with significant opportunities and it will be important that we have a high performing finance team that can support the Senior Leadership Team in the decision-making process and driving growth.”
Joining a new company with limited face-to-face contact as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown has brought a new challenge to Sam, which she has managed with enthusiasm. Sam credits her predecessor Mark Rolf for driving her through the induction programme and providing a thorough handover remotely. Each of the finance team have also taken the time to talk Sam through their roles and answered any questions she may have.
Although Sam has not been able to physically meet everyone, the daily leadership team meetings via Microsoft Teams have been appreciated for Sam to put some names to faces and become involved in the daily activities.
The employee engagement initiatives during lockdown has also given Sam the chance to connect with her team on a more personal level by taking part in quizzes. Although she has made the most out of this time, Sam is looking forward to meeting the whole team properly and taking the time to look at current processes together.
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