Up and Coming: Caroline Davey of Bliss

Davey, 37, joined the special care baby charity Bliss as chief executive in November 2014

Caroline Davey
Caroline Davey

Did you always aim to be a chief executive? I didn't have a big career plan but have always been ambitious to achieve change in the organisations that I have worked in. It's been a natural progression as I've gained experience and progressed at each organisation.

Is the charity sector good at encouraging young leaders? Yes, I think it is very open and diverse, compared with other sectors. If you have the skills and knowledge to do your job, people take you seriously, whatever your age. It's not down to years on the clock but commitment to the mission.

What advice do you have for people who want to make progress in the sector? I'm a trustee at Crisis and would recommend others to look for trustee opportunities. It helps you to understand more about how a charity operates. The perspective of being on the other side of the table is invaluable.

How do you escape work pressures? People laugh when I tell them, but I've trained in kung fu for six years. It's good exercise, and also a great release and a way to forget the day.

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