FD in Five Minutes: Jonathan Cox

Third Sector speaks to the director of finance at the blood cancer charity Bloodwise

Jonathan Cox
Jonathan Cox

What made you work in the charity sector? I got involved with the Jubilee debt campaign when I was growing up because I wanted to make a difference and to tackle injustice. It was a natural extension, therefore, to move into the charity sector, once I had gained my professional qualification and built some experience.

What is the proudest moment of your career so far? I spent four months in Bangkok after the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 providing regional finance leadership to the countries not affected by the tsunami, so that the regional finance director could focus on dealing with the immediate response requirements. It seemed to sum up my reason for being involved in the charity sector – using my skills wherever needed in order to generate maximum impact for beneficiaries.

What do you do outside work? I am a very keen cyclist and at weekends can usually be found pedalling a tandem with my wife around the local lanes on a club ride. We have raced a train and cycled from London to Paris to raise money for Bloodwise.

Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector? The short answer is "yes". Charities exist to meet needs and promote good and despite the very challenging and uncertain environment, I cannot see that this will change. However, what is certain to change are the models, structures and relationships that charities use to fulfil their objectives. We can see looking back how charities have adapted in the past and I am sure that they will continue to do so .

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