Matthew Thomas

Financial Controller

I joined Waterstons in early 2013 after several years working for a firm specialising in bespoke mechanical and fabrication services as a Graduate Engineering Trainee.

I studied Mathematics with Business Management at Northumbria University; this gave me a great foundation for both my earlier role within engineering but also for my long standing passion for finance.

I’m not sure where this passion began, it was probably the combination of having an interest in business and enjoying maths. Whilst I was at college, I studied Economics, Business, Mathematics and IT which made my mind up about which avenue I wanted to take and I am now a fully fledged Chartered Management Accountant.

I am often asked what I do, and there's no simple answer, every day is different and I have a wide range of responsibilities which range from analysing financial information and giving it some meaning so we can assess performance and make decisions; to managing working capital and everything in-between. Being able to assist in giving Waterstons a platform to continue growth is very satisfying but learning and working alongside like-minded professionals is why I enjoy the drive up the A1 every day.

Away from Waterstons and counting the pennies, I enjoy socialising with friends over some nice food and a couple of refreshing drinks. My big passion is for playing (I’m available for a fee) and watching football. I am a Middlesbrough season ticket holder which is difficult in an office full of Newcastle and Sunderland fans, but when was the last time they won anything?

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