FD in Five Minutes: Mary Mackle of Epic CIC

The director of resources and finance at the youth charity talks about its origins in local government and why she is spreading flowers across social media

Mary Mackle of Epic CIC
Mary Mackle of Epic CIC

What's your professional background? I certainly don't have an accountancy background. I was a teacher in a north London school before I moved into local government in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

How did you come to be in this job? Epic CIC is a spin-out from the council's youth support services. It was created as a community interest company on 1 January 2014 - I was responsible for budget at the council, so I've taken on this finance role temporarily.

What have you been up to since then? I've been able to establish lots of new systems - for example, we've moved from the accounting system the council used, which is for much larger organisations than us, to a new, cloud-based system. As a mutual, we're about to make a share offer to our staff so that we become employee-led.

Your LinkedIn profile picture shows a group of brightly coloured flowers. Why? I just really love flowers! They are my big passion. I quite often go over to Ireland where there are really fantastic wild flowers - so I thought, why not?

What sort of character are you in the office? My colleagues call me Mother Mary because I try to solve a lot of problems, and people always come to me with their queries and issues.

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