Up and Coming: Amy Couture is chief executive of HemiHelp at 27

Couture joined the charity, which supports children and young people with hemiplegia, as an office administrator in May 2011 and was appointed chief executive in February 2014, aged 27

As a young charity leader, Amy Couture says she brings plenty of enthusiasm to the table
As a young charity leader, Amy Couture says she brings plenty of enthusiasm to the table

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.

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