FD in 5 minutes: Tony Osborne of the Papworth Trust

The director of finance and central services at the disability charity

Tony Osborne
Tony Osborne

What do you most enjoy in your job? I would say the fact that it is so unpredictable and varied, as it has been in the period of rapid growth we've had in the past five years. I'm now involved in a significant review of the services we provide, making sure it's all fit for purpose.

Are you happy to be labelled as a bean-counter? It doesn't irritate me at all - I've got a decent sense of humour. The fact is, my role seems to get so much broader than that - the amount of actual bean-counting I do is pretty small.

What has it been like for your charity to be part of the Work Programme? It was a major learning process for us and, quite frankly, we struggled in the first year, as I think a lot of providers did. But we've turned it around and become very successful.

You're Prime Minister for the day - what do you do? While I completely understand the reason for needing to balance the books on a national level, you can't ignore the fact that there do seem to be a lot of people suffering as a result of the way we've done that. I'd try to tackle that issue.

How do you spend your time outside of the office? I'm the father of two girls: one plays football and they both play cricket. They're very sporty, bashing the gender stereotypes. I'm also a season-ticket holder at Stoke City.

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