Why did you choose your current career?
I’ve always wanted to work for organisations that have a compelling vision and a willingness to change. The route I’ve taken hasn’t been an obvious one, but it certainly has adhered to those principles.
What’s your biggest challenge at work?
Legacies are always a challenge: we never know if and when they will materialise. One of my priorities is to move the business away from relying on legacies as an income stream and see them as an extra income source, something we can do extraordinary projects with, such as rebuilding our facilities.
What do you do outside work?
As geeky as it sounds, I actually enjoy developing software applications in my spare time.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far?
My PhD supervisor was certainly a visionary and way ahead of his time. He showed me how to think more critically and never hesitate to try new things, even if you fail.
Which three people would be at your fantasy dinner party?
First, Bill Gates. The innovate projects being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are just mind-blowing. Second, Ben Elton. I find all his novels so funny and his style of humour is definitely on the same level as mine. Finally, Dolly Parton. Her philanthropic work is admirable, plus she can keep us all entertained with a few singalongs!
If you were Prime Minister for the day, what would you do?
I would definitely abolish university fees. Young people are the doctors, nurses and teachers of all our futures. It’s always been my belief that, wherever you are in the world, education and healthcare are a right, not a privilege.
Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector?
I’m very optimistic. We just need to keep reinventing ourselves and doing things differently to keep up with the fast-paced world evolving around us.