FD in five minutes: Jill Long

Third Sector talks to the director of finance and strategic performance at the Teenage Cancer Trust

Jill Long
Jill Long

Q. Why finance?

A. Originally because I wanted to emigrate to Australia and they needed chartered accountants. But then life moved on and I never went back. I trained with a company in the UK that specialised in the not-for-profit sector, so right from the start I knew I wanted to work with charities. I came across the Teenage Cancer Trust early on in my career and the incredible passion of the staff and supporters grabbed me. I have been with the charity for 15 years now.

Q. How has your career developed?

A. I was the audit manager for the Teenage Cancer Trust, but then I took a career break. I re-engaged with the charity shortly after that when I attended one of its fundraising events. The amazing thing about the Teenage Cancer Trust is that it has a simple and tangible vision - that every young person with cancer has access to the specialist services they need. It's great to be able to measure the impact in terms of staff funded, cancer units built and, most importantly, young people helped.

Q. What do you do outside work?

A. I am a mother to three teenagers, so they keep me busy. I took part in the Vitality 10km run through the streets of London in May with my finance team. I have always liked keeping fit and I do a lot of swimming, walking and yoga - if I had more time I would do more exercise.

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