Careers: How I Got Here - Andrew Webb, Director of development, Alert International

What was your first job? It was in marketing at manufacturing company Procter & Gamble.

What does your current role involve? I am a member of Alert International's senior management team. We work with more than 150 partners worldwide to help build lasting peace in countries and communities affected or threatened by conflict. This involves working in capacity building, mediation and dialogue with those involved in conflicts, and making policy recommendations at the highest government, EU and UN levels.

Roughly outline your career path After joining Procter & Gamble's graduate marketing scheme, I realised I needed more challenging and motivating work. I subsequently worked with a number of international NGOs and went to countries such as Cameroon, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Sudan. I then became a programme director at Common Purpose, an organisation providing cross-sector training programmes for senior managers. I then joined BUPA Hospitals as an associate general manager, before moving back to the voluntary sector with Alert.

What training has most enhanced your career? The London Business School Sloan Master's I did in 2001, after my time at BUPA.

What has been your greatest career achievement? To have set up an emergency relief programme on the Rwandan borders in 1994 under extremely difficult circumstances.

What is your advice to people starting out in this sector? Get experience in any way possible, be persistent as well as patient, and keep an eye on renewing your own skills and knowledge - no-one else will do it for you.

Are there any charities you support financially, or with time?

I currently support Amnesty International and Greenpeace. I would now like to join a board and contribute my hard-won skills and experience.

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