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Peter Unsworth has been appointed finance director at The Tetley Group. He has been with the tea company since 1996, joining as the finance and IT director. Name Peter Unsworth Age 40 Company The Tetley Group Qualification & date CIMA ’83 What things other than finance do you do in your job? Strategy, IT, organisation development. Would you rather spend more time doing non-finance things? Yes, more direct involvement in commercial issues. What percentage of your week is spent in meetings? 40% What is your favourite work-related website? Can’t say I have one. What do you like/dislike about the role of finance director? Like: ability to influence/drive strategy. Dislike: not much really (tax planning?). What is the best/worst thing about your auditors? Best: they’re pragmatic. Worst: their fees. What is the strangest/silliest question that a non-finance manager has asked you? “What’s the best thing about your auditors?” Do you visit your factories, shops, warehouses etc? Yes. How would you rank our list of key FD attributes (most important first)? (a) accuracy 5th (b) stewardship 3rd (c) entrepreneurial skills 4th (d) people management skills 2nd (e) strategic thinking 1st Do you think an accountancy qualification is essential to the FD role? No. Can you name the president of your accountancy institute without looking it up? No. What one question should we have asked you, but didn’t? “What’s the most important way you add shareholder value?”

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