CAREERS: How I Got Here - David Scott-Ralphs, chief executive, SeeAbility

What was your first job? I marketed services at Lloyds Bank International to businesses in Hong Kong.

What does your role currently involve? SeeAbility works with people with visual impairment and additional disabilities. It provides accommodation-based support, day activities and rehabilitation across the south of England.

My role as chief executive is to determine our growth strategy and to ensure that we provide a high quality service. I will also be developing plans to expand our range of activities and our fundraising, policy and campaigning work.

Roughly outline your career path. I left my banking career to help start a business, supplying training information to companies. In 1991, I moved into the voluntary sector as corporate fundraising manager at Macmillan Cancer Relief. Three years later, I joined Mencap as director of fundraising.

For the past two years, I was responsible for strategy and communications and developed Mencap's current five-year plan before starting my present role in July.

What training or course has most enhanced your career? A senior management programme at Sundridge Park Management Centre provided a very good grounding in strategic planning and management skills.

What has been your greatest career achievement? Working to change Mencap's constitution so that it became fully-inclusive of people with a learning disability.

What is your advice to people starting out in the sector? Take your personal development seriously as there is so much to learn. But don't switch jobs too often - you need to develop a track record of success.

Are there any charities you support financially, or with time? I have just become a committed giver at SeeAbility. I also give to Mencap and volunteer by visiting and assisting a man with learning disabilities.

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