FD in five minutes: Mick Darby

The finance director at MAG International, the landmine clearance charity, says working for an organisation with a global reach is a fantastic opportunity - but his dream job would be as a golf club secretary

Mick Darby
Mick Darby

What attracted you to your job? I'd worked in the UK charity sector for eight years and wanted to join an organisation with diverse international reach. It was a fantastic opportunity to achieve this with MAG - and it was based in the north west, so I could be close to my family.

What is your proudest achievement? I drove MAG's pursuit of an improved VAT recovery position, challenging HM Revenue & Customs' view of the VAT status of our work funded by institutional donors. It was a long, bumpy road but we achieved our goals, and more funding is now available to benefit communities around the world.

What inspires you? MAG's people are an inspiration - they work in tough locations carrying out incredible, life-saving work.

What's your dream job? Golf club secretary. I have a keen interest in golf club administration and I think it would be a challenging and fun role. But I have a few years left at the sharp end.

What's your favourite film? Good Will Hunting, although the ending is emotional.

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