FD in five minutes: Victoria Fakehinde

The thoughts of the finance director at the RAF Benevolent Fund

Victoria Fakehinde
Victoria Fakehinde

Q Why did you choose finance as a career?

Dad thought it was a good idea, a "respectable profession". Even though I disliked exams, I thought I’d give it a go. It worked.

Q What made you work in the charity sector?

Its mission, values and respecting what it is fundamentally about. Charities work hard to generate resources that are used to meet the needs of others or benefit society as a whole. The selflessness is amazing. Finance has a key role to play in making this happen, and this makes my job interesting,
exciting and rewarding.

Q What do you do outside work?

It varies, depending on the time of the year and what’s going on in my world. I love serving in church, such as joining other volunteers to pack and deliver Christmas hampers to hundreds of disadvantaged families – it’s a sobering but fulfilling experience. At the moment, it’s awards season, so there are a few
films on my to-do list. I’ve ticked off Get Out and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – both of them were brilliant.

Q Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector?

Yes. The sector will have to adapt to a changing landscape. There is increased regulation and scrutiny, combined with challenges in generating resources and demand on services. Charities need to be innovative and accountable like any other business and have a role to play that no other sector can.

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