Profile: David Hercock, finance director at Chase

The director of finance at the palliative care charity says it's tougher than the private sector.

- What was your first job in a charity?

This one. I've been here since 2008.

- What does your job involve?

I'm responsible for finance, and I'm also company secretary. I manage five people and look after a £4m budget.

- Why did you choose the organisation you're with?

I'd been in the private sector for a while and I was beginning to repeat myself. I wanted a change and the chance to work in a different environment. This job came almost by accident, just when I was thinking I needed a change. I noticed it in the trade press, and I actually got my application in on the deadline day.

- What's the most challenging part of the job?

It's all much more challenging than the private sector. This organisation has been growing and going through change, and I've been helping to manage that change. It's very different from working in a private sector organisation, because the sustainable income is so small. Forecasting is very difficult, particularly budgeting for voluntary income in the next year.

- What's the best advice you've had?

If you think something is a good idea, do it straight away. Don't prevaricate or wait until later.

- If you weren't a finance director, what would you be?

A sailing instructor. I've been sailing for 20 years and I love it.

Interview by David Ainsworth

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