What’s your biggest challenge at work?
Making finance understandable for everyone in the organisation. We can all have an impact on the finances of an organisation. It is my job to ensure that each individual understands the influence they have and what levers they can pull in their everyday working lives to make that positive difference from a financial perspective.
What do you do outside work?
I enjoy trying to keep fit – I'm an avid gym member – and walking, particularly in the Lake District, with my eight-year-old blue roan cocker spaniel, Alfie. I enjoy drinking great coffee (I roast my own beans) and generally spending time with the family.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far?
I’d have to say my family, whether it be parents, in-laws, wife, kids, brothers or sisters. All of them have been tremendously important in supporting me in my career over many years.
If you had to work in another industry, what would it be?
I can’t think of any other industry outside the charitable sector that would throw up so many challenges you just want to solve. The charitable sector is an amazing place to give you reasons to get out of bed in the morning and to want to contribute. I suppose if I was really pushed it would have to be something in the sporting arena because I am a keen armchair fan of sport.
What three things would you take with you if you were exiled to a desert island?
The right answer is my wife and my two children. However, I don’t think they would thank me for that, so as an alternative the three things would be Alfie, coffee and a good book. I don’t seem to find enough time these days to get some quality reading in.
Which three people would be at your fantasy dinner party?
Gordon Banks, Nelson Mandela and Frank Sinatra
If you were Prime Minister for the day, what would you do?
Invite Gordon Banks, Nelson Mandela and Frank Sinatra for dinner. It’s as likely as me being Prime Minister.