FD in Five Minutes: Rob Davies

Third Sector speaks to the director of finance and corporate services at Keech Hospice Care, near Luton

Rob Davies
Rob Davies

Why did you choose finance as a career? I’ve always been good with numbers – I even ran my own little business selling computer accessories while I was at school. I guess I had my future all mapped out from quite an early age.

What is the proudest moment of your career so far? In 2007 I completed the coast-to-coast walk, a 200-mile walk over 12 days between St Bees in Cumbria and Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, to raise money for Keech. It's my local charity and one that my family has supported for many years, so I was already aware of the fantastic work it does. Raising money for such a worthwhile cause was an easy choice. Then, when I had the opportunity to join the charity in 2014, I jumped at the chance.

What do you do outside work? I took up cycling two years ago to train for the hospice’s cycle ride from Luton to Amsterdam and found that I really enjoyed doing it. I am also a fair-weather golfer and a reluctant runner.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? When I got my first job after graduation, the partner I worked for was quite tough and had very high standards. You had to earn his trust and respect, but once you did he always looked out for you. I ended up working for him for 14 years. I learnt a great deal from him. Without his influence I don’t think I would be where I am today.

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