Meet the board – Dave Tindall
Born in Huddersfield, having graduated with a 2:1 in Modern History from Oxford, I made the logical step (!?) into the world of accountancy joining KPMG in 1996. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and spending time in Audit, Tax and Mergers and Acquisitions I made the jump into industry and spent 12 months at Kellogg’s in an Internal Audit role with assignments across the globe including Philadelphia, Dublin and Copenhagen. Since 2002 I have worked at BAE Systems in a variety of roles and locations ranging from Riyadh to sunny Barrow-in-Furness where I was Head of Finance on the £10bn Astute class submarine programme.
Currently I am Financial Controller in the Europe and International business leading a team of 60 people across a wide range of activities from Financial Reporting, Business Planning, Tax, Treasury, Transformation and Management Accounting. In addition to my core activities I am the lead for Finance Development in the Europe and International business working with representatives across the other global business to improve the capability of function and to ensure that Finance has the necessary skills for the 21st century. I am also a Trustee Director of the £2bn Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme which entails a life of deficits, actuaries, recovery plans and mortality assumptions!
I am passionate about developing people, watching them grow to become valuable members of the team. With such a wide ranging and large business, work for me is about making connections, building effective relationships and encouraging the team to join the dots to solve the issues facing the business. Contrary to popular opinion working in Accountancy and Finance isn’t all about spreadsheets and numbers (although there is some of that), it is also about understanding the business, the customers and suppliers and identifying opportunities to influence and add value.
Outside of work I am passionate about Yorkshire County Cricket Club and I am a keen (but rubbish) runner getting my trainers on 4 to 5 times a week in a bid to keep fit and also beat my personal bests. My wife Helen and daughter Molly are both season ticket holders and love coming down to Victory Park. Helen is currently studying for an Open University Maths Degree (she loves maths!) whilst Molly is a member of Leyland Barracudas swimming club and is now training 5 times a week in her quest to become an Olympic swimmer. I first came down to Chorley FC in 2014 and was attracted by the warm welcome, quality of football and proximity to home on Buckshaw Village. My involvement in the Trust started a year later and I’ve loved working with the guys to spread the word about what we do and how we can work together to help the football club develop and grow.