Our People – James Oliver
Meet McGrath’s Finance Director James Oliver (BCom ACMA CGMA) who has been with the company for 20 years.
Tell us a little about your experience before joining McGrath?
Originally from New Zealand, I’ve been an accountant for over 30 years. In my time prior to joining McGrath I worked for two chartered accountancy firms in the late 1980s before relocating to London in 1992. From there I worked for 2 London borough councils and a Government department, all primarily in the housing/repair and maintenance sector.
What does your role involve day to day?
My main duties include planning, managing and controlling the company’s finances. This could include anything from financing our plant/machinery and fleet resources as well as liaising with banks, auditors, solicitors, the Bank of England and other stakeholders for relevant reporting and other specified work. I’m also involved with new company strategies, research and development and other various financial issues along the way. We are extremely fortunate also to have a great team of people in our company who work to a very high standard, providing outstanding service to our customers and suppliers.
What changes have you seen at McGrath over the years?
I have seen the company expand and significantly grow in my time with McGrath. We have adapted to the changing face of recycling and we are continually committed to ensuring zero waste goes to landfill, through investment in research and development, new technologies and innovation. As with most businesses, the industry is changing all the time, so we continue to look at ways to recycle more and to develop new outlets for our products. This is particularly relevant currently during the COVID- 19 crisis where we are adapting and innovating to provide our vital waste recycling/management services, supporting the increased demand in commercial and household waste from essential retailers and local authorities.
Tell us a little about your outside interests?
Having previously played Rugby League and cricket in my younger years I now tend to play golf, go to the gym and attend the occasional football match for relaxation, pre-lockdown of course! My family also keep me busy with the obligatory DIY jobs around the house which I’m sure there will more of in the current circumstances!