What are the busiest times of the year for your finance team? Preparing for our audit at the year-end and completing any end-of-year grant returns. We have many funders, so keeping them all happy and meeting all their reporting requirements is a big task.
Nicva was among the first charities to register with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland in 2013. Has this meant any changes in finance? Not yet: there is an interim period of reporting by registered charities because full accounting and reporting regulations haven't been developed; until these are in place, charities will submit accounts in the format they are currently prepared. As we currently prepare our accounts to the charity Sorp, we hope the CCNI reporting won't have any significant effect on us.
When did you decide that a career in finance was your goal? I have always been interested in a career in finance. I did one of my A-levels in accounts and did my degree at the University of Ulster in accounting.
What tips would you give someone visiting Northern Ireland? The Titanic building and exhibition is a good visit. If you want a day trip outside Belfast, the Antrim coast is beautiful and has the world famous Giant's Causeway. The Duke of York in the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast is popular with the Nicva staff for after-work drinks.