How did you start working with Accredit?
I have known Accredit right from the beginning and I feel so proud to have been the person who incorporated Accredit UK with the Companies House. Before the company started trading I was also its first Director.
What does your role entail at Accredit?
At Accredit I head all things Finance, including budgeting, planning and managing risks. As we became ISO-27001 certified in 2021, I am also very proud to have worked throughout that process with the ISO team, which gave me the chance to improve some elements of the HR process, also my responsibility.
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
As I am Brazilian born my passion is BBQing and socialising. Throughout the lockdown, we built a BBQ area in our garden and even cooked our Christmas turkey on it!
What is your biggest personal or professional achievement?
I feel that moving from Brazil to the UK, over 30 years ago, and looking back on everything I achieved makes me very proud. Professionally, I love doing what is right and helping to grow businesses to help owners achieve their dreams.
If you could change something from your past what would it be?
Difficult question. Perhaps being able to travel more when I was a teenager.
Who is the person you admire the most and why?
My mother. She is energetic and independent still at 89 years old. She taught me integrity and hard work and for me represents all the positive qualities I aspire to have.
How would your friends describe you?
Always positive, willing to help and be there when needed.
How do you think the accreditation process for events will evolve in the coming year?
I do believe that like in any other sector, COVID-19 made an impact and taught us all to react to the moment. So the accreditation process is about versatility and being 100% digital.
What is the most interesting project you have worked on in your time at Accredit?
Since the start of the company, I have always believed in the Accreditation model created by Accredit Solutions. By wearing my finance hat, it was really fun to help to create the business segments and agree on how we would look into the Purchase and Ledger regarding direct costs, overheads, etc.
What is your favourite functionality aspect of the Accredit platform?
For me, facial recognition is my favourite functionality as biometric authentication is here to stay!
If you could spend 5 minutes with any person alive or dead who would it be and why?
Probably, Airton Senna. I have always been a big fan of F1 and Senna for me will be always the greatest of the great. He also did so much for charity including his Ayrton Senna Institute for disadvantaged children in Brazil. A real hero!
Tell us a joke:
There are three types of people in the world. Those who can count and those who can’t.