What was your first job? After leaving school, I spent four months in Israel working on a kibbutz. It was a real eye-opener – working in the fields and in factories, communal living, under the threat of war.
How do you motivate your team? I think the best way to motivate a finance team, who are quite removed from your beneficiaries, is to bring the subject to life and remind them what it's all about – and to make sure they are enjoying themselves.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career in charity finance? It's important to have broad experience – I came to this late in my career, so I would say that, but I think it helps. To have your whole career in the charity sector might be just a bit too narrow.
What do you get up to outside work? I took part in the London Marathon in April, raising money for Mencap. We did a few events such as bake sales and also I asked people for money – I think they thought it was so unlikely that I would run a marathon that it must be worth it.
What has been your proudest achievement? I think it was getting this job and proving that you can take on a big role like this without either being a qualified accountant or having spent years and years steeped in the learning disability world.