Up and Coming: Philip Mansbridge of the International Fund for Animal Welfare

Mansbridge joined the charity as UK director in October 2014, aged 38. He was previously chief executive of Care for the Wild International

Philip Mansbridge
Philip Mansbridge

You worked previously in the private sector. How has this helped you? Targets are not always so tangible when working in the charity sector. My sales and marketing background helps me to break down goals to make them more achievable.

I learnt a lot about profit and loss, efficiency and targets, and this makes me more focused.

Was it a difficult transition to make? Despite having transferable skills there were a lot of rejections, and I joined the charity sector at a much lower level with less pay. I found the sector quite closed.

Are you ambitious? Yes, but it's about the influence I can have on animal welfare rather than the power or the title. The higher I am, the more good I can do for the cause.

What is the secret of your success? Focus and perseverance. It's important to work hard, be good at what you do, lead by example and respect the donors and your team.

What advice would you give to other rising stars? Do a good job and add value, then be brave enough to move on - otherwise you can be left on the shelf.

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