FD in five minutes: Tracy Smith

Tracy Smith of One Community, the Council of Voluntary Service for the area of Eastleigh, Hampshire, finds allocating funds challenging and enjoys floristry

Tracy Smith spends her spare time pursuing creative interests
Tracy Smith spends her spare time pursuing creative interests

What do you like most about working for a charity? I've worked for so many companies that are all about profit. It's important to balance the books, but it is also great to see people who benefit from our work.

What's the hardest part of your job? We run a range of projects and everyone is passionate about them. It makes it even more difficult to allocate funds between them and to get the balance right. It is hard to say no and tell someone that something is not financially viable when they see a real need.

How do you react to the term 'bean counter'? I hope that people who deal directly with our finance department don't see us as that. We're not just recording figures but also advising, and we have a role in strategy.

If you could do any other job what would it be? A florist. I considered retraining once, but I decided that if my interest became a job it would not be the same.

What hobbies do you have? I like anything creative: I enjoy making handbags to coordinate with my outfits and have even made a dress out of wallpaper for a friend.

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