FD in five minutes: Lesley Baliga

The director of finance at the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund says she enjoys meeting inspiring people and is keen to spread the word about its work

Lesley Baliga
Lesley Baliga

Benevolent is a synonym of kindly. What's the last kindly thing you did? I helped to guide a blind lady who was lost in Old Street station in London.

Do you have military connections? My mother was a radar operator in the Second World War; she died last year at the age of 92 and, in the last six months of her life, reminisced a lot. It struck me how much of an impact military service can have.

What's the best thing about your job? Meeting inspiring people who have overcome horrific injuries and knowing we've helped them. Recently I met a young man injured in Afghanistan whom we have funded for an advanced driving course. He is now working as an emergency care assistant for East Midlands Ambulance Service.

If you were given an extra hour in your working day, how would you spend it? Spreading the word to people who have served in the RAF that the RAF Benevolent Fund is there to help in their time of need.

What's the best career advice you've ever been given? Doing a good job today will reap its reward tomorrow.

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