FD in five minutes: Simon Hopkins

The finance director at Elizabeth Finn Care, a financial support charity, talks about his job

Simon Hopkins
Simon Hopkins

What's the most unusual job you've done? Treating 10,000 smelly sheepskins in the blazing sun. It's now my benchmark for how privileged I am.

What attracted you to your current job? I was looking for a broader role than just finance, but the cause comes first. I'm here because I'm inspired by the work we do.

What motivates you at work? Contributing to an organisation that makes a real difference - not producing management accounts. I've seen financial distress at first hand and know how horrible it can be.

How do you react to the term 'bean counter'? The perception of the role finance plays in an organisation is different from when I started 30 years ago. It's no longer seen as a back-office job and is a good grounding for leadership roles. If I'm perceived as a bean counter, I'm not doing my job properly.

What do you do to unwind? I'm in a rock 'n' roll band. The idea of a finance director spending Saturday nights jumping around playing the harmonica surprises some people.


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