Why did you choose finance as a career? I was interested in business from a young age, and having a keen interest in mathematics was also an influence. The ability to attain a professional skill that could be applied across different sectors was probably the main reason I chose finance, and one that remains important to me today.
What made you work in the charity sector? After I had a successful career in the private sector, I was keen to be involved in something where I could give something back and utilise my skills for the benefit of others.
What do you do outside work? I enjoy spending time with my family and my dogs. I can enjoy almost every sport, but my main passion remains being a football fan. I am a Manchester United supporter and have a season ticket at Old Trafford.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? Over the course of my career I have had some great bosses and chief executives who have guided, advised and supported me along the way and at different times. A big thank you to all of them – they know who they are.
If you were charities minister for the day, what one thing would you do? I see the encouragement of volunteers as a critical part of charities and would consider whether new volunteers could be encouraged through financial incentives.
Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector? The third sector already provides enormous value in many areas and will continue to do so. Moving forward, it can probably achieve even more through consolidation and increasing its commercial focus.