Profile: Julian Purvis, director of corporate resources at the Woodland Trust

The regeneration charity's new eco-friendly building occupies much of his time

- What does your job involve?

I'm in charge of finance, HR, IT, health and safety, legal services and facilities. I manage a £25m budget and 50 people, and I'm company secretary.

- What was your first job in charity?

This one. I've been doing it for 26 years. I trained as an accountant with Grant Thornton, and I came to the Woodland Trust straight after.

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

I'm passionate about conservation.

- What's taking up most of your time at the moment?

We're moving to a purpose-built office building soon. Preparations for that have occupied a lot of my time. The building is made mostly of wood and will be very eco-friendly and low energy. I've been in awe at the ingenuity of our architects.

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

The number of different things I have to get my head around. Mostly I manage specialists who understand their own fields well. But I have to be able to talk to them at a high level.

- What's the worst experience you've had in the job?

Discovering we weren't part of a VAT group when I could have sworn we were. That could have cost us a lot of money. Happily, we sorted it out.

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

A chef. I love cooking.

- Interview by David Ainsworth.

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