Up and Coming: Matthew Lock of Vauxhall City Farm

Lock, 28, was appointed chief executive at the educational charity in London in 2013 after working at Queens Park Rangers Football Club's community trust

Matthew Lock
Matthew Lock

What's your style of leadership? I try to be a critical friend to staff and volunteers, so I'm supportive but I also offer constructive criticism. I like people to be innovative and creative, so I'll encourage that when I see it. I also like people to reflect on what they're doing, to think about what they could have done differently but also, at times, to celebrate their achievements.

What are you passionate about? The farm provides various educational, recreational and therapeutic programmes for more than 4,000 children every year, and my passion is helping to make a difference to their lives. I love it when ambitious plans progress, and when a long-term goal of mine begins to get results.

What advice do you have for ambitious young people who want to work in the voluntary sector? Immerse yourself in the organisation so you know not only about your specialism, but also about other parts, and you have a broad overview. I'd also recommend finding a mentor who can offer you support and sound guidance. It's also good to try to stretch yourself by by being prepared to take on new challenges.

How do you relax? I love playing sport, especially cricket. I also love reading and travelling – my aim is to visit every country in Europe.

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