What made you work in the charity sector? I used to work as an aid auditor. I really enjoyed that role, not least the opportunity to travel around the world and see incredible projects, but I felt the urge to support these projects directly. I decided to volunteer at a charity in rural Tanzania. It confirmed to me that a finance role working directly in the sector was for me and it was in Tanzania that I was offered my first charity post back in London.
What is the proudest moment of your career so far? Successfully reaching the end of a 31-day, 19-flight, six-country trip around the Pacific back in my audit days, with journeys back and forth over the dateline and realising that if finance didn’t work out as a career plan that I might make a useful travel agent.
What do you do outside work? I love cooking. I'm a big fan of Anna Jones and I'm working my way through her cookbooks. I also volunteer as a school governor, which provides a whole other world of policy that I need to keep up-to-date with. I think it's important to give back, whether it's time or money.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life so far? I will never forget the article I read a few years ago that reported more men called John were chief executives or chairs of FTSE 100 companies than women. In the charity sector, the balance is not quite as uneven, but it's still there. It is those people who seek to challenge discrimination in all ways, not only sex, rather than just accepting the status quo who most impress me.