FD in Five Minutes: Angela Culhane of Prostate Cancer UK

The director of finance at the cancer charity has found learning Mandarin trickier than double-entry bookkeeping

Angela Culhane
Angela Culhane

Q: How important is the finance function to charities? The key is to see it not only as a compliance and transaction processing engine; the real value is unlocked if the finance team can help the wider team to make the best decisions by having the right information to hand.

Q: How do you get the best out of your team? It starts by getting them to see how we fit into the charity's overall aims.

It's easy for the finance team to feel disconnected from everyone else, but actually our work is helping more men to survive cancer and have a better quality of life. The better we can do our jobs, the more we can help men.

Q: What do you most enjoy about your work? It's when I get out and see what difference we are making in communities. I'm proud to see the charity supporting men by bringing them together.

Q: You did a degree in French and German. Would you like to learn other languages? I would love to learn Mandarin. I started trying to teach myself, but it makes double-entry bookkeeping look like a piece of cake. It's a challenge that I hope to come back to one day.

Q: What one thing can you not live without? Maybe it's because of my Irish roots, but I love music of all kinds, especially when performed live.

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