Why did you choose finance as a career?
I stumbled into it by accident. I joined the Greater London Council as a clerical officer after leaving school and was assigned to the finance team of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department. Later, I was given the opportunity to study for an accounting qualification.
What made you work in the charity sector?
By accident really. After a couple of months being bored in "retirement", I was contacted by Alex Bax, a former colleague. He asked me to help him prepare a business case and our resulting recommendation was to create a charity. In 2010 Pathway was born. I was asked to stay on as finance and administration director.
What is the proudest moment of your career so far?
There are many. Two slightly different ones outside finance are: I implemented the mayor’s London Partnerships Register, which led to the civil partnerships legislation; and I project managed the London leg of the 2004 Olympics torch relay.
What do you do outside work?
I am chair of a small disabled children’s charity, Snaap. I enjoy paper crafting and make cards. I also have a cockatoo who, at times, demands as much attention as a child. I enjoy rummaging around antiques and collectors fairs, reading, and visiting south-west Ireland and Italy.