FD in Five Minutes: Nigel Burch of The Food Chain

The finance and facilities manager of The Food Chain, which promotes nutrition among people with HIV, says flexibility is vital to his role

Nigel Burch
Nigel Burch

What takes up more of your energy: finance or facilities? Flexibility is hugely important in a small charity. Finance always consumes at least two weeks of the month. The facilities part – otherwise known as the tasks that nobody else wants to do – is more unpredictable.

How does working for a charity compare with the private sector? Apart from the general lack of money in charities, the main difference is the total lack of back-biting and office politics compared with the private sector.

How aware were you of HIV issues before joining The Food Chain? I had a reasonable knowledge of HIV issues, but not in detail, and I definitely wasn't aware of the relationship between HIV and nutrition.

How much of a healthy eater are you? Well, I know the theory, but it's hard for me to turn down a piece of cake if I'm offered it.

What's this about the office 3pm dance? We don't have random dancing, but because I am in charge of health and safety and am conscious of how hard it is to retain a good posture at your desk, I have devised 3pm exercises where we all step away from our desks for five minutes of neck and shoulder exercises to free up joints and enable the mind to re-focus. Friday exercises are set to music!

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