FD in Five Minutes: Paul Wratten

The director of finance and risk at World Vision UK discusses his motivations for working in the charity sector

Paul Wratten
Paul Wratten

What made you work in the charity sector? I initially trained as an accountant in the NHS and went on to spend 32 years working there, but I knew I wanted a fresh challenge. Friends working in the charity sector told me good things about it, and it was a great fit with my values.

What do you do outside work? I’m married to Anthea and have two children; we love skiing, walking in the mountains and camping when we can get out and about. I also help lead a church in Marlow and I am a huge Arsenal fan.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? So many people have helped me both in my life and in my career, so it’s hard to pick out just one or two. I get inspired by people who stay true to their values and make a real difference even when conventional wisdom says they shouldn’t.

If you were the charities minister for the day, what one thing would you do? I think the burden of regulation is in danger of becoming the main event when really it should only be a sideshow, so anything that reduces bureaucracy in the sector would be high on my radar.

Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector? Yes. In many ways it’s like the NHS in that it’s incredibly resilient and enduring. It is kept going by passionate people and the support of the public at large so despite the obvious challenges – and the need to keep evolving – I’m confident it will continue to thrive.

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