Why did you choose finance as a career? I really enjoy finance and accounting because the work is both challenging and varied. There are many areas in finance – taxation, accounting, management accounting, investment finance – that are equally interesting and which present the finance professional with the option of specialising should they wish to do so.
What made you work in the charity sector? I wanted to make a difference. I get a lot of satisfaction from knowing that my work as a finance professional enables an organisation to achieve its objectives and to have a positive impact on its beneficiaries.
What is the proudest moment of your career so far? I took on a challenging finance transformation project role in 2010. It was a large organisation with complex activities, so being able to turn that around and develop my team into highly competent financial professionals was a really proud moment.
What do you do outside work? I like to read – mainly 19th century literature. I love listening to classical music – Mendelssohn is a favourite – and I enjoy baking. I also enjoy looking after my family, especially my 12-year-old daughter.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? A financial controller who I worked with in my first job. She was highly professional, very strict but nurturing, and I learned a lot from her. I credit her with many of my career achievements to date.
If you were charities minister for the day, what one thing would you do? I like a lot of the initiatives that the charities ministers have introduced over the years, particularly in regard to making giving to charities easier. I think I’d revisit the work that healthcare charities do. They do a lot to support the NHS, but I don’t think that their work is valued enough.
Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector? Very much so. The third sector is a large employer and very resilient. Despite all the funding challenges it has faced, it continues to press ahead with its objectives. It’s a very creative and entrepreneurial arena and I’m very optimistic about what it will continue to achieve.