CAREERS: HOW I GOT HERE - Bea Malleson, head of payroll giving services,

What was your first job? My first paid job was as a publicity assistant at the London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Before that I co-founded two magazines: Fringe Frisk, which reviewed the Edinburgh Fringe, and Fringe in Focus.

What does your current role involve? I help businesses see the benefits of offering payroll giving as an integral part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes. Our web-based applications simplify its management and communication, and enable companies to involve staff more closely in their CSR programmes.

Roughly outline your career path? After leaving the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, I spent eight years at Kallaway where I helped to create, manage and promote arts sponsorships for large companies. Then I became consultant and after that joined the Good Brand Works team where my work included Nescafe's community investment scheme supporting the British Red Cross. I took 20 months off after the birth of my second daughter and then I accepted a part-time role at Justgiving.

What training or course has most enhanced your career?

I found a course on Common Purpose immensely stimulating. It helped me to think more laterally and holistically.

What has been your greatest career achievement?

Bringing the New Economics Foundation and the Social Exclusion Unit into the Barclays SiteSavers scheme.

What is your advice to people starting out in the sector?

CSR is exciting because it is constantly evolving and involves key issues that have an impact on us all. Read as widely as possible, listen to others, keep an open mind, and revisit your ideas.

Are there any charities you support financially?

I give regularly to a number of charities including Amnesty International, the British Red Cross and Friends of the Earth.

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