FD in Five Minutes: Michael Lewkowicz of the Back Up Trust

The head of finance and operations at the spinal cord injury charity

Michael Lewkowicz
Michael Lewkowicz

You used to work in marketing – how did you move into finance? I have a science degree and numbers have always been part of my working life. Volunteer work with another charity led to me being appointed to look after its finance and operations a few years ago; then I moved to Back Up. I think the mix of experience is helpful and provides a perspective on and insight into what the team's financial needs are.

What's the most unusual thing you've had to do in your job? Our office is on the third floor of the building, so I've had to learn how to assist someone with a spinal cord injury in getting safely out of the building during fire drills.

Have people you know been touched by spinal cord injury? A favourite teacher of mine at primary school when I lived in Poland became disabled after a fall from a cherry tree. I also had a very close cousin who was a paraplegic because of a complication from diabetes; both of these examples gave me a little bit of an insight into the issue.

What do you get up to outside of the office? I'm helping my partner rehearse lines in a major part in Ibsen's Ghosts in our wonderful local amateur dramatic society. I might have a go at acting myself soon - last time I helped my partner I learnt half the lines anyway.

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