Up and Coming: Tom Rahilly of Save the Children

Rahilly, 35, is director of UK programmes at the global charity for children and young people that supports both emergency and long-term relief programmes

Tom Rahilly
Tom Rahilly

Q. Are you ever conscious of your age in your role?

I suppose earlier on in my career I was conscious of being younger than others, but I would say I've been lucky to always work with organisations that are really supportive. The important thing is that people see the work that we do, the rigour of it and the evidence that's behind it, not the people who do it.

Q. What's your favourite book?

I spend a lot of my time reading non-fiction outside work. I was a physicist as an undergraduate, which probably informs a lot of who I am as a person. I think of lot of my logical thought processes hark back to that original training, and I still like to go back to that so I spend quite a lot of time reading about the history of science. At the moment I'm reading some books by a guy called Richard Feynman, who is a theoretical physicist.

Q. Do you have a pet hate?

I don't have a pet hate as such, but I think some people would describe me as being ambitious for change to the point of impatience. So I suppose what I could say is that I get the frustration of seeing the change that we need to make and wanting that to move faster.

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