FD in Five Minutes: Colin Ireland of Winston's Wish

The finance and performance team leader enjoys the clarity, logic and simplicity of working with money

Colin Ireland
Colin Ireland

Q. What attracted you to your current position?

A. I felt that it was appropriate to start giving something back to the community, but I found it difficult to find something that suited my skills, where I felt that I could make a positive contribution. I enjoy being at the heart of the organisation, and the cut and thrust of it all.

Q. What drew you to finance?

A. I'm an engineer by training, but I felt that I was not valued as a contributor to a business or organisation as an engineer. I started working for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Security Pacific Bank, and enjoyed working in such a vibrant environment. I like the clarity, logic and simplicity of working with money and making it work for the organisation.

Q. What do you like to do outside work?

A. I play golf and squash, and I cycle. I enjoy skiing and playing the piano - I like being busy. I don't watch much television.

Q. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

A. Children's mental health is very important. If something traumatic happens to a child, it has a long-lasting impact and can lead to significant detrimental behaviour that has a big cost to the individual and to society. So I would ensure mental health was given greater prominence.

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