What's you biggest career break? It has to be my first position at HemiHelp. I wanted to work in the voluntary sector and applied to get experience. I didn't think I'd stay long, but working for a small charity gets into your blood. I gained broad experience and learned a lot.
What advice would you give to other rising stars? Working in a small charity is very useful because you will get involved in more than one area – as chief executive, you need to understand all the areas. And get involved in events such as Volunteers' Week and Small Charities Week to meet other people.
How does a charity benefit from having a young leader? Enthusiasm. It's my first big opportunity, so I want to make it all happen and ensure the charity is a success. Young leaders have drive and are not jaded.
Does being a young leader bring any problems? Managing older people could be tricky, but I've come up the charity ladder and have the respect of the people I work with. I attend chief executive and director networking events and get surprised reactions.