FD in five minutes: Julian Anthony

The finance director of Norwood, the Jewish learning disability charity, is enjoying learning the nuances of the voluntary sector and would love to run his own gym

Julian Anthony once dreamt of being a surgeon
Julian Anthony once dreamt of being a surgeon

What do you like best about your job? I like the challenge of bringing finance into the heart of decision-making at Norwood. I'm also enjoying learning the nuances of the not-for-profit sector and the collaboration between charities.

Why do you work for a charity? I am enthused that my long hours and hard work will improve people's lives rather than simply line shareholders' pockets.

What is your dream job? As a youngster I dreamt of being a surgeon, but now I'd love to run my own gym with a personal approach. I visit the gym most mornings and like the camaraderie of a gym atmosphere. Unfortunately, I spend more time stretching than working out these days.

Who inspires you? My wife - she has mastered juggling work and family life. Also Jack Welch, former chief executive of General Electric, for his forward-thinking view of managing people and open, honest work culture.

What's your most embarrassing moment? Once, while chasing my five-year-old, I inadvertently ran into a communal area of a swimming pool while naked.

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