Leadership spotlight: Head of Finance – Business, Wholesale and Support Functions
In this series we will hear from the Senior Leadership Team at Three about the latest activity across the company and a little about the people behind the projects.
- Name: Mark Fitzgerald
- Job title: Head of Finance – Business, Wholesale and Support Functions
- Function: Finance
- Tenure: 11.5 years
Tell us a bit about your background?
I studied Civil Engineering at uni as I originally wanted to work on construction projects and I spent the early part of my career working on the Eurostar station at London St Pancras. I then changed careers completely and started my studies to be an accountant. My finance background before Three was mainly in the retail sector, where I gained lots of experience in various roles in well-known high street names such as Dixons Stores Group, Tesco’s and TK Maxx.
I joined Three in 2010 after an ex-colleague from Dixons who was running Three Retail got in touch about a finance position in the team and since then have worked my way through numerous positions. I have loved being part of Three as the company has grown and personally given me great experiences and development as each opportunity you learn and importantly nothing is set in stone so you have every opportunity to enhance the role and put your own stamp on it. I have always leaned to work in the new areas of company which have seen rapid growth such as MVNO, Digital and more recently, Business. This has been great for me as you are getting exposed to new areas and gain lots of varied experience in the roles.
Describe your role and how it supports Three’s business objectives, in a nutshell
I love my role as I am lucky to work with a diverse range of areas across the company. The team and I work with Business, Wholesale and our support functions of CFO, LGRA, People, PMO and Corporate Comms to provide commercial finance support, financial control and guidance. The team are doing a fantastic job supporting their areas from a financial perspective to achieve their goals of customer growth, managing costs and margin growth.
What are the big things in your world at the moment?
The big call outs for me are getting ready for everyone’s favourite time of year – the annual budget and 5 year plan for next year, preparations for a new B2B platform across Finance, supporting the growth plans in B2B and part of the Wholesale team getting key MVNOs onboarded this year.