Profile: Ruth Jenkins, director of finance and IT at Community Service Volunteers

Finding out about the different projects the volunteering charity has is one of the things she loves about her job

Ruth Jenkins
Ruth Jenkins

- 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.

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