Profile: Melanie Robinson, chief operating officer of financial education charity MyBnk

Variety is the highlight of her career

- What does the job involve?

We're too small to have a finance director, so my remit involves all the FD's responsibilities combined with IT, human resources and a number of legal issues. I also have some fundraising responsibilities.

The budget I handle is changing rapidly. It was £250,000 for the current academic year, and is likely to be about £400,000 next year.

I manage one full-time member of staff, and I have joint management of a team of volunteers.

- Why did you choose this job?

I originally came from an education background, and then worked in financial services. When I decided I wanted a job in charity, I joined MyBnk as a volunteer. I worked on business planning and fundraising and I was able to secure the funding to make my job full time and permanent.

- What's the most interesting part?

The variety. I can start the day in a school and end it at a banking event in the City. The hugeness of the job description causes real problems, but it means I'm never bored.

Business planning is also interesting and challenging. We're growing so fast it's difficult to make solid projections.

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

We're looking at how we can make the charity sustainable in the long term - we don't want to be grant-funded for ever. We're also looking at how we can extend activities from London and the south east to the rest of the UK.

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