FD in Five Minutes: Nicky Deans

Third Sector speaks to the head of finance and operations at Tamba - the Twins and Multiple Births Association

Nicky Deans
Nicky Deans

Why did you choose finance as a career? I like to think that finance chose me. After my degree in maths and German, I applied for a job with PricewaterhouseCoopers and it was here that I took my accountancy exams, encouraged by a great team of people. It was a fun and vibrant place to work.

What made you work in the charity sector? I took a 10-year career break after having my three children and started looking for a part-time job that would fit in with family life. I found Tamba, which back then was a small charity with 11 members of staff. I was heartened by the commitment and passion shown by the team and the difference it was making to people’s lives. I’d never worked in the third sector before, but after getting the job I never looked back.

What do you do outside work? I’m part of the military wives choir and have had many great opportunities to sing at some amazing events. I also enjoy tennis, cycling and visiting the Isle of Wight, where we have a small holiday home.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? Definitely my family, who have always been supportive of my work. At Tamba it's Keith, our chief executive, who has pushed my boundaries in finance and encouraged my development in the operational side of the charity over the years.

If you were charities minister for the day, what one thing would you do? I would ensure that extension funding was made a priority for projects that are going well and making a positive difference to people’s lives. All too often, great projects that still have work to do in society sadly come to an end because the funding has run out.

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