Why did you choose finance as a career? My degree is in public administration. It was a sandwich course, which meant that I had the opportunity to work on placement in a principal quantity surveyor’s office within the Department of the Environment. The quantity surveyor asked me what aspects of the placement I had enjoyed the most, and when I said "finance" he immediately replied: "Stick to finance – they are in charge of everything." It was good advice.
What made you work in the charity sector? I had always wanted to be a civil servant – until I did my sandwich year in the civil service and hated it. I found it bureaucratic and it seemed that no one ever made a decision. So I decided to look for opportunities with smaller organisations, and that is how I joined the Howard League for Penal Reform. I knew nothing about prison reform when I applied for the job, but my application was successful and working in the role opened my eyes to the need for change. I enjoy working in the charity sector. The pace is faster and you have to make decisions. Since joining the Howard League, I have not looked back.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? God is my greatest influence. My faith guides me, gives me direction and helps me to understand the world in which we operate. It gives me clarity.