FD in Five Minutes: Toni McCoy

Third Sector speaks to the head of finance at Heart Research UK

Toni McCoy
Toni McCoy

Why did you choose finance as a career? It might not sound that exciting, but I’ve just always wanted to be an accountant. It’s what I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember.

What made you work in the charity sector? Working for a charity is great because it allows me to give something back. I get to be at the cutting edge of pioneering medical research,and I just find it such a fulfilling career. I have worked in charities now for five years. Working for Heart Research UK and the satisfaction gained from knowing that you are doing more than just numbers is beyond measurable. I know that all I do here directly benefits the hearts of real people. And it is so much more than a financial role – the whole team comes together to fundraise, support and promote our charity, and we really are helping people live healthier, happier, longer lives.

What do you do outside work? I love travelling and exploring the world, and I must confess I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie – the best thing I’ve done while on my travels was an incredibly scary bungee jump, but it was great fun. My favourite destinations are Barcelona and New York, and the bungee was the highest in the UK – 300ft at Windsor.

If you were charities minister for the day, what one thing would you do? I would try to do more to promote the important work that charities do. I think an initiative that would see charities have access to free public advertising would be a great start – lots of charities have to spend huge amounts to get their names out there, which can take money away from the work they do.

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