FD in Five Minutes: Mark Terry

Third Sector talks to the director of finance at the older persons charity MHA

Mark Terry
Mark Terry

Why did you choose finance as a career? That’s a long time ago and it is a long story. In short, I was heading towards being an artist, but despite a love for the arts I was confident it would lead to a life of poverty. I decided to keep art as a pastime and pursue my creative need by building a business. I reckoned in those days that an accountancy background would give me the tools to do this. Luckily for me, I subsequently found out that I was good at accountancy, that I enjoyed it and that it gave me a creative outlet and a platform for a career of making a positive difference in different organisations and sectors.

What made you work in the charity sector? As a sector, it resonated with me and generally the sector is full of good people.

What do you do outside work? Get a life – family, friends, dog and creative stuff.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? I am an observer and reflector, so I try to live up to the best bits that I see in others. I have been fortunate enough to have had great managers and leaders for most of my career – at the beginning by luck and latterly more by design and choice. My values derive from my grandparents: straight, honest, kind, unselfish, hardworking, consistent, family centred and a good sense of humour from the Black Country. I miss them.

If you were charities minister for the day, what would you do? I would shout from the rooftops about the importance of the charity sector to society, but also remind people of the injustices done to the sector. For example, how does a care charity embrace the apprenticeship levy without incurring irrecoverable additional employment costs?

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