FD in Five Minutes: Theresa Egbuniwe

Third Sector speaks to the management accountant at the independent living charity KeyRing

Theresa Egbuniwe
Theresa Egbuniwe

Why did you choose your current career? 

An avid love for numbers. As a child I wanted to study medicine, but my interest moved more towards finance as I grew older.

What is the proudest moment of your career so far? 

Setting up the finance department of my organisation, KeyRing, after a demerger from another charity.

What do you do outside work?

I enjoy taking walks with my family. It is a time for me to de-stress and it provides an opportunity for us to spend time together as a family.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? 

My husband has been a big influence in my life, encouraging me to take the next step, believe in myself and never give up. 

If you had to work in another industry, what would it be? 

It would be in psychiatry. I am fascinated by the workings of the human mind.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 

I would be a healer. To heal all ills.

Which three people would be at your fantasy dinner party? 

Authors Robin Cook, Michael Crichton and Patricia Cornwell. Whenever I get the chance, I love reading a good thriller.

If you were Prime Minister for the day, what would you do? 

Invest more in social care. As an organisation, we are involved in Social Care Future, a growing movement of people with a shared commitment to bring about major positive change. It’s for those who want to take part in imagining, communicating and creating together a future where what we currently call social care makes a major contribution to everyone’s wellbeing and which, as a result, will enjoy high levels of public – and hence political – support.

Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector? 

I’m very optimistic for its future knowing that the charity sector is a very important sector in any economy. Charities have the potential to help bridge our divides, with the power to promote cohesion, wellbeing and pride in any society. As an organisation we are optimistic about the future because we are driving change to the world in which we live.

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