FD in Five Minutes: Jo Rogers

Third Sector speaks to the operations director of the Green Alliance on how she went from live music venues to charity finance

Jo Rogers
Jo Rogers

Why did you choose finance as a career? After university I worked as a manager at live music venues, developing and implementing new projects. Not a start that screams charity-finance-director-in-the-making, but it piqued my interest in management.

What made you work in the charity sector? Working in the music industry meant I was free during the day. I filled my spare time volunteering on charity projects. I started to see ways that the charities I was working with could make their money go further.

What do you do outside work? Netball has been a big interest outside work since my school days. Team sport instils transferable skills and values such as trust and collaboration… and is also great fun.

If you were charities minister for the day, what one thing would you do?
I’d reopen the conversation around the lobbying act. Civil society’s voice is critical in informing us about how policy decisions affect us – it shouldn’t be discouraged.

Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector? Dwindling funding, undermined public trust and rising costs are all threats, and charities often respond by cutting costs. But it’s good to see that progressive grant-makers understand the importance of well-funded projects. As they say: "Buy cheap, buy twice."

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