Matt Bentley | Interview

by | Apr 8, 2022

Matt Bentley

SVGC Staff Profiles

At SVGC we’re proud to be a small business formed of experienced, highly qualified people operating on a national platform. Our team collectively has vast knowledge of strategic planning, public sector decisions, innovative technologies, data science and agile working methodologies.

Get to know our Head of Finance, Matt Bentley. Matt has over 25 years accounting and finance experience, from a number of top ten and smaller accounting firms in managerial audit and business advisory roles. Matt joined SVGC in December 2020 at an exciting time in the group’s journey. Find out how Matt tackles his working day…

1. What are your ‘must haves’ to start the working day?

Coffee and lots of it! I’m not a morning person, more of a night owl. I like to catch up on the business news over breakfast to see if anything is relevant to my role and the tasks at hand.

2. What’s your proudest work achievement to date?

In March 2021 we formed SVGC Group and set up three subsidiary companies. I did most of the compliance work required and implemented all necessary accounting and tax procedures to enable group reporting. I was also invited to join the Board at the same time after starting at SVGC in December 2020.

3. What do you love most about what you do?

I love the variety in my role, I can’t believe the pace that things happen. Being part of a small but growing collaborative team means I get stuck into lots of different challenges. My background is predominantly working in large and small firms of accountants so I like having the responsibility for all things tax and financial compliance.

4. What does your typical working day look like?

Depends if it is month or year end. Start with clearing emails and then work to a monthly ‘Finance and Operations Drumbeat’ which I implement to ensure all deadlines are met, so I tend to plan my whole week on a Monday morning. I like to try and have a short walk at lunchtime to clear my mind and prepare for the afternoon.

5. When you hit a wall workwise, what do you do to help overcome the hurdle?

Do something else and go back to it later or the next day – sometimes something is really obvious when you take a break from it. Failing that, after researching possible solutions, I approach someone else in the company for a different perspective – everyone is very helpful and collaborative so it’s never a problem.

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