- 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.