Up and Coming: Deborah Gold of the National Aids Trust

The charity champions the rights of people living with HIV. Gold, 38, will join as chief executive at the end of October from Disability Action, where she is interim chief executive

Deborah Gold
Deborah Gold

Did you plan to have a career in the voluntary sector? I've always been motivated by issues that make me angry or passionate, so the voluntary sector was the obvious place for me. I look for work that matches my skills with issues I feel strongly about.

How have you gained so much experience during your career? I started with student activism and have also had many part-time jobs. I feel I've progressed in every role and added to my expertise.

What was your biggest career break? I had separate part-time jobs at Stonewall Housing and Shelter.

A joint project on LGBT homelessness came up, which I worked on for 18 months. It gave me the opportunity to develop my campaigning and policy skills, which helped me to move into senior management.

What advice do you have for other young leaders? It can be a hard slog, so make sure you work for an organisation where the issues motivate you every day. Also, get support. Good relationships with other chief executives have been invaluable to me.

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