FD in five minutes: Sharon Daley

The director of operations and finance at the Centre for Ageing Better enjoys the sea air on the south coast

Sharon Daley
Sharon Daley

Q Why did you choose finance as a career?

I studied accounting and economics at A Level, and found myself working in finance not long after. Finance isn’t always the first thing you think about when you think of working for a charity, but good financial management is imperative, just as with any business or organisation. If you do your work well as an FD, others can concentrate on getting their jobs done.

Q What is the proudest moment of your career so far?

I used to work with Scope on service-user finance policy and procedure. The work was all about helping people who are more vulnerable than others to make sound decisions about using their money. I felt I was helping them to live the lives they deserved.

Q What do you do outside work?

I’ve recently moved to Brighton, so I’m enjoying the sea air with friends and family. After many years in London, I wanted to live in a different kind of place. Working at the Centre for Ageing Better has given me a real appreciation for the things that truly matter for a healthy, happy lifestyle.

Q Who has been the biggest influence on you so far?

John Hume, chief executive of the People’s Health Trust. His passion and drive are legendary, and he has given me immense support, professionally and personally. He encouraged me to receive a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and he was such a great help every step of the way.

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