Alex Canavan

Upon graduating from University of Surrey in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) in Economics & Finance, I combined my passion for the automotive industry with an enjoyment of Finance to start my career on the Graduate Scheme at Ford Motor Company.

During my time at Ford, as well as obtaining my CIMA qualification as a Chartered Accountant, I held several roles in Product Development, Business Planning, Cost Transformation and Treasury. I was also an active member of the Finance Diversity Team within Ford of Europe.

I joined BT in December 2017 within the Corporate & Public Sector Finance team leading on Commercial Initiatives and the Cost Transformation agenda. Within this role, I took on additional workload reporting on our headcount and resourcing costs as well as undertaking a project on IFRS15 for our EE business as a result of new accounting standards. After 18 months, I moved to a role where I was the Finance Manager for our Police Sector and had the opportunity to work on a number of projects for various forces across the UK. I was promoted in April 2020 and I am currently the Senior Finance Manager for our South & Wales BTB customers with ownership of our Product P&L. My role covers financial responsibility for our business with c. 12,000 Private and Public Sector customers across Southern England and Wales, delivering £0.5bn of revenue into the business each year.

Outside of the day job, I am a key advocate for Team engagement within our People Plan, leading on various initiatives around Diversity & Inclusion, Wellbeing, Fundraising and Volunteering. In 2018, I was successful in my application for a BT internal development program called TechWomen, aimed at developing women in STEM careers. I am passionate about using my experiences to inspire others through mentoring and role modelling leadership values.