Why did you choose finance as a career? In my early career finance was my first choice. After working in manufacturing for eight years, I moved into the charity sector. Operations and finance then formed part of my first role, and now at Pancreatic Cancer Action it forms the basis of what I do. The insight that our finances provide inform the decisions we make.
What is the proudest moment of your career so far? My first role in the sector was working for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. During my time at the RNRMC I was part of the management team that helped the organisation grow from three employees to more than 50 and for it to become the principal charity of the Royal Navy. The culmination of the growth of the RNRMC and taking on the role of head of operations at Pancreatic Cancer Action are my proudest moments so far.
What do you do outside work? Being a husband and the father of two wonderful children takes up most of my time outside work. My son is a keen football player, so three nights a week are taken up with running him to various training sessions and seeing him train in the wind, rain and occasionally the sun. On Sundays you will find me standing on the sidelines cheering his team on. I also like to run: it’s amazing the head space that you can get into from popping out for 30 minutes either first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career? This is split between two people. The first is my former manager, a person who showed so much passion in the charity sector that it rubbed off on me. She gave me the courage to leave a sector that I knew and to take the plunge into the charity sector, one that was completely unknown to me. The second is my last manager, a man who gave me the confidence to take on work and projects that I often felt were above me. His guidance gave me the confidence and ability that have ultimately led me to my current role.