FD in Five Minutes: Paul Oberg

Director of finance at the Land Trust, which owns and manages a variety of public open spaces

Paul Oberg
Paul Oberg

Q. Why finance?

It's so long ago I can hardly remember. I think I've always had a preference for numbers, logic, order and process. Inevitably, when that's where your strengths and interests lie, you follow a career in finance. So here I am. In my thirties, I got a first charity job at Eureka! The National Children's Museum, where I could use my finance leadership experience and do some good.

Q. Your favourite wild space?

The Sahara Desert. I've camped out in the Sahara at night – we got a cheap flight to Marrakesh, hired a car, spent two days driving to it and then went in by camel. You feel as if you are miles from anywhere. It was an adventure. I like the idea of desert landscapes – nothing but sand and sky.

Q. What do you do outside work?

I'm a bit of a fitness fanatic – I run, cycle and swim. I have done a lot of half marathons and full marathons in my time, but the days of my personal bests are behind me, thanks to injuries, children and getting older. The first time I ran a half marathon under 90 minutes was a proud moment for me.

Q. You're Prime Minister for the day – what do you do?

I could list 100 items – where should I start? I would say getting people to turn off the television, go outside, run, cycle, walk, enjoy the outside and play.

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