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Discover what makes IBC Rep Adam tick

Adam Langman is ICAEW Business Committee (IBC) representative for NorSCA, following a recent interview about his IBC role in NorSCA news; we caught up with Adam to find out more about what makes him tick.

About Adam

Adam is Group Finance Director for Killingworth-based Metnor Group. He’s a long-standing member of the Regional Strategy Board (RSB) and has been our Business Representative for over 5 years.

Why did you get involved with IBC?

I was asked!

What does the role involve?

The Regional Strategy Board (RSB) meets three times a year to provide context and themes to the Regional Director. As the Business Representative I host FD Forum events – around three a year – and attend biannual meetings at Chartered Accountants’ Hall to feedback on events, discuss best practice and receive updates from the Institute.

Sum up your career path to date

It started in mining, working in the South African gold mines when I was 18, then back to the UK for a BSc in Mining Engineering at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College leading to a PhD and Research Associate role at Newcastle University.

I decided it was time to retrain, as it was becoming apparent that the global mining industry was in decline, so I spent some time driving a taxi around North Shields before joining KPMG as a “mature” trainee. I stayed with them on and off for 10 years before moving to an FD role in industry. This is my fourth such role.

Describe your typical weekday

As FD of a family-owned SME each day is extremely varied. There is, obviously, the routine of daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual financial stuff layered with ICT and HR. And then the phone rings and everything changes…

What book are you reading at the moment?

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

How do you relax?

By cooking (usually paella or curry, but I also make a cracking Sunday roast!) whilst listening to music (generally bands like The Stereophonics and Kings of Leon) at the same time as watching sport (ideally football or cricket!). It helps to have a CD player next to a TV in the kitchen…

When and where did you last go on holiday?

In October my wife, Elaine, and I went to the southwest corner of Spain. Travelling by public transport, we started in Malaga, and then went on to Granada, Seville and Cordoba before heading back to Malaga. The food was amazing – eating grilled octopus with the locals at Asador Inaki was particularly special – the people were very welcoming (although perhaps a little less so on the night that England beat Spain 2 -3 in Seville in the UEFA Nations League, ending Spain’s 15-year unbeaten home run!). And, of course the heritage was stunning, Alhambra, Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba et al.