Alan Frendo Jones has been practising as a warranted Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Auditor since 2004, following his attainment of a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Malta in 2001. He has since been a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA), currently also serving as a member of the PAIB advisory group at the MIA. He also qualified in 2007 as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and became a member of the global network of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Alan began his career at Ernst & Young, in the firm’s audit and assurance department, working on various local and international assignments, including Dublin and the UK. In 2005, Alan joined Simonds Farsons Cisk plc and held the role of Finance Manager for a subsidiary company, Farsons Sales and Marketing Ltd. His role focused on management accounting, budgeting and forecasting and was also involved in centralising of the group’s logistics, including its new multimillion logistics centre and bottling plant.
In 2008, Alan joined the Retail Holdings Group, occupying the position of Group Financial Controller, a position which he still occupies at present. Since 2015 he has been serving as a director on the boards of a number of entities within the group. The group focuses on two core lines of business in the field of retail clothing, namely the Malta based operation and the international retail operation. The former operation has been managing international retail clothing brands, including the Marks & Spencer (M&S) franchise, for the past 60 years. The international operation is a joint venture between HB Group, a Libyan conglomerate and other Maltese interests, managed via Retail International Group (RIG). RIG holds retail clothing franchise rights for reputable international brands such as M&S, Debenhams, Next, ALDO®, Benetton and Mango for the Maghreb North African region, operating over 30 international stores.
Alan also has a financial consultative role in MMGH Ltd and Joseph Arrigo & Sons Ltd. The group is involved in grain handling, animal feed, warehousing and investments in other retail ventures namely RIG and the Melite Group.