FD in Five Minutes: Amanda Matthews

Third sector speaks to the head of finance at Disability Challengers

Amanda Matthews
Amanda Matthews

What made you work in the charity sector? It was not a conscious decision to join the charity sector. I had worked for many years in the commercial world and at the time worked for a media company based from home, when I spotted a part-time vacancy for a head of finance for a charity whose cause, domestic abuse, was one I was interested in. It didn’t take long for me to realise that the charity sector was the direction I wanted to take my career in. I have now worked for charities for the past 11 years, so it was definitely the right decision.

What do you do outside work? More work. I’m chair of the amazing Domestic Abuse Stops Here charity – this is such an important charity, which supports victims of domestic abuse and raises awareness. It’s so rewarding to be able to share my knowledge and at the same time challenge my skills. Outside of all that, you will find me rowing on the Thames for Burway Rowing Club or running with my dog. The most challenging run I have done is the Jungfrau Marathon in Switzerland, which called upon every ounce of strength both mentally and physically.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? I know it sounds like a bit of a cliché, but my parents have been the biggest influence. They ran their own transport business for many years and I grew up absorbing their incredible work ethic and business sense.

Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector? Yes, I am. However, to continuously evolve, charities will need to work in partnership with each other and where possible pool their resources, which might lead to an increase in mergers. Competition is always good, but when squeezing the most value out of every pound raised we need to consider the efficiencies that can be made by working more closely together.

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