Q Why did you join the charity sector?
The last five years of my previous role involved a lot of travelling and driving about 1,000 miles a week. I decided to return to my roots in the north east. I got into the charity sector purely by chance through contacts I had in the banking sector, and spoke to the chief executive of Changing Lives regarding an interim position. It was like dipping my toe into the water of the charity sector. I got completely hooked and was hired permanently.
Q How does it compare with the private sector?
People are better motivated in the charity sector. I am not at the front line, but I have endless admiration for those who are. I feel that while I work for a charity I am in some small way making a difference to others.
Q What is your biggest passion?
My two children and my nine-month-old grandson - I am now able to play a big role in his life and development.
I also have elderly parents who need support. I don't know how I spent five years working away, but now I'm back home it is all about my family.
Q What is the best advice you have ever had?
Take time to find out what you want, what gives you pleasure, what you feel proud of and what motivates you.