FD in Five Minutes: Lucy Pinnock

Third Sector speaks to the finance officer at the Vegan Society

Lucy Pinnock
Lucy Pinnock

Why did you choose finance as a career? When I left university I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I went to London and earned good money as a secretary for a few years. I met my husband, we moved out into the country and I decided the time had come for a change. A friend suggested finance because I was already doing bookkeeping for my husband, who was self employed. I discovered that I could study at college rather than committing myself to joining a finance firm, so I went for it.

Why did you work in the charity sector? I decided that I never wanted to work with people whose main motive was profit. My first proper finance job was with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in London. While there, I got involved as a trustee with another charity. It blossomed from there.

What is the proudest moment of career so far? For a few years I worked with a charity that supported projects in Nepal. The charity itself was based in London. A Nepalese man did basic bookkeeping there. After working with me, he felt encouraged enough to study accounting and asked me to be his mentor. I was pleased and proud to do it.

What do you do outside work? Work with charities as a volunteer. I am also a member of an all-female choir. I have an allotment, so I do lots of gardening.

What is the biggest influence on your career/life so far? My husband. He was prepared to work to bring in money while I stopped work to study accounting at college full-time for six years. He supported me when I decided to become self-employed as a charity accountant, even though I had no plan, no savings and no charity clients. He supports me still when I do volunteer work for charities and rope him in.

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