FD in Five Minutes: Chris Dew of Nordoff Robbins

The director of finance at the music therapy charity says he has taken up the keyboards again after a 20-year break

Chris Dew
Chris Dew

Doesn't Nordoff Robbins sound like a firm of accountants? It couldn't be more different. Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins developed their form of music therapy in the 1960s; today, our therapists deliver thousands of therapy sessions each year to people of all ages who are excluded or isolated by a range of factors.

Who's your favourite artist? Too many to mention. I was lucky enough to see Kate Bush perform last year; as a soul and jazz boy at heart, I've been to recent gigs by Mica Paris, Roy Ayers and Rachelle Ferrell.

Do you play any instruments? Inspired by my amazing therapist colleagues, I want to learn how to play keyboards again after a 20-year creative hiatus.

Can you give an example of when you've done something not usually covered by an FD? Having responsibility for IT at a previous employer, I used Google Analytics to review terms people were searching before arriving at our website. Some of the fruitier ones included "wife swapping Doncaster", "hot OAP milfs" and "Mick Hucknall Princess Di".

Do you know any jokes about finance? Have you heard the one about the interesting accountant? Neither have I. What did the accountant do to liven up the office party? Went home.

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