- What does the job involve?
I’m in charge of finance and IT. I manage a budget of £30m and a staff of 18 people.
- What was your first job in charity?
It was as a researcher with a small vegetarian charity. But I’ve had a longstanding connection to CSV. This is actually my third iteration here. I started as a volunteer after I finished university. Then I came here for my second charity job. I realised I wanted a skill, went away and studied accountancy, did a master’s in charity administration at Cass Business School, and came back as finance director. I started here last March. I’m young for the job at 30 years old, but everything fell into place and I ended up with exactly the role I wanted.
- Why did you choose this organisation?
I love the fact that CSV believes everyone can involved in improving our community. And I already had strong links with the organisation.
- What’s the most interesting part of the job?
I love finding out about all the different projects we have. We have 500 different projects around the country and I’ve been working my way around them. I think it’s important that we have person-to-person contact with staff rather than emailing back and forth.
- What’s taking up most of your time right now?
Budgeting for the next financial year. We started sooner and accompanied the budget with a full risk analysis. This way if funds we’ve budgeted for don’t materialise, we know what steps we’ll have to take to balance the books.
- If you weren’t a charity finance director, what would you be?
I would be running a vegan restaurant specialising in cup cakes. So it’s probably good that I have a proper job.