A Coffee and a Chat with… Lisa Neilson, Owner and Financial Director

Lisa Neilson – BSc (Hons) MSc, has come a long way within Worksmart over the last 10 years. A qualified forensic scientist, she tells us about her journey and shares her advice to any young people with aspirations of a successful career.

Could you tell me a bit about your working background?

I’m the Owner and Financial Director of Worksmart Contracts. I’ve been involved with Worksmart for 10 years. Before then, I went to University and my final job was working as a Forensic Biologist.

In 2008, I made the decision to come away from science and join Worksmart. Originally, everyone within Worksmart performed different jobs across the business, but mine was Financial Director/Receptionist/Bookkeeper/Project Manager/Office Manager. Very wide spread.

Now, 10 years on, we have built the business so that everyone has their own job roles and responsibilities which creates a more smooth and efficient business.

Describe your role and the responsibilities you have?

We have offices in Kilmarnock and Edinburgh, with the head office being Kilmarnock. As well as these, we also have a hub office in London. My main day to day role is to concentrate on the financials of the company but I do get involved in overseeing all the different departments within Worksmart: from the implementation of new systems to interviewing new personnel to visiting site and dealing with our quality management system.

In the near future we will be employing a new Financial Controller. They will run the financial department with me overseeing it. We are also currently looking for an Estimator and a Quantity Surveyor to help with the growth of Worksmart.

What’s your advice for a young person looking to get into this sector in a similar role to yourself?

I’ve had to work hard at everything I’ve ever done. It was never just plain sailing for me. You don’t just have to be academic to be able to run your own company; as long as you work hard and ask the right questions and show that you’re enthusiastic you’ll be given a chance in life. If you follow these basic principles, you will become a very valuable individual.

When you get out of the office, what do you like getting up to?

I love to travel and to keep active. And I also like to catch up with friends and family.