FD in Five Minutes: Jo Heldreich

Third Sector speaks to the finance director of the community regeneration charity the Renewal Trust

Jo Heldreich
Jo Heldreich

Why did you choose finance as a career? I fell into finance a little, but I knew it was the right fit for me as soon as I began. I enjoy structure, process and problem-solving, and love nothing more than taking a huge amount of data and turning it into snappy information to enable good decision-making. You cannot beat a really good spreadsheet.

What made you work in the charity sector? My work in the charity sector began when I started out as a trainee accountant in practice. Through this I was lucky enough to visit many different charities working in a variety of fields. The culture, camaraderie and passion of staff to make change happen made me want to be on one of those teams.

What is the proudest moment of your career so far? I don’t think I could pinpoint one particular thing. I like to think that the frameworks and processes I’ve put in place across all the charities I’ve worked with have made the lives of those on the front line easier. So I can take a small bit of credit for all of the good work they have done.

What do you do outside work? I studied music at the University of Nottingham and still play the violin in Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra. Other than that, if I’m not running around after my two children I can generally be found enjoying some good food and a glass or two with my wonderful friends and family.

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