Celebrating 20 years with Rob Gandy
Rob Gandy our Finance Executive at Bolton Arena, discusses his time working here at Bolton Arena.
Can you tell us more about your role and background?
I am a Finance Executive in the Admin Team and I run the Sales Ledger which means I’m responsible for balancing the money generated by the Arena as a whole. This can be items paid through reception, received online or raised by invoices. My background is in the banking sector. I did 5 years in international banking with Standard Chartered Bank and 12 years with Barclays Bank where I was in charge of Student Accounts at Branch level.
What made you apply for a job at Bolton Arena?
Barclays went through some heavy restructures and my job was moved to Reading where I worked for three months before taking a redundancy package. I was recommended to the Arena through Reed Employment and secured a temp role, before being made fulltime a few months later.
Do you remember your first day?
I do remember my first day and was quite nervous working in this sector as previous roles were in banking where I was in buildings with 100’s of people. Making the move to working in a small team of three was a big change for me. I settled into the office, where everyone was really nice and made me feel very welcome. I remember just getting stuck into the work as there was lots to do as the new Finance Director made lots of changes and the newly formed team of myself, Paul and Roger hit the ground running.
What do you think is your biggest achievement since you have been here?
My biggest achievement would definitely being a key role in updating the Arena’s IT infrastructure. I have been the IT liaison for many years and attend key meetings with the Senior Leadership Team and outside vendors to bring all of our systems up to date. This has included two major projects of moving the Arena over to the cloud with new servers and upgraded PC’s throughout the Arena. We also managed the project to install a new system to offer Wi-Fi for the Arena.
What has been your favourite memory from the past 20 years?
I would say the hosting of Amir Khan’s first pro boxing matches. These were the first full main hall events that I experienced and the whole atmosphere was electric with thousands of people in attendance. One great thing to see was the whole of the Arena workforce was involved in making the event a success. People from every department got involved and they were such great nights. It really brought the arena together and was great to see everyone working as one big team.
Thank you Rob for your continued wok at Bolton Arena.