Why did you choose finance as a career? Because it is so diverse. I must always look at the big picture. I’m never bored because I need to be aware of both operations and strategy, rather than just focusing on one area all the time. I believe that finance is fundamental to any organisation’s success and a good finance director should understand, support and coach the business to integrate financial thinking into everything. My academic background is in humanities, cultural studies and languages, and I think having that slightly different background and perspective is a great advantage.
What made you work in the charity sector? I find the charity sector more professionally rewarding. It also offers an opportunity to meet very interesting people from all sorts of backgrounds and industries, often involved in the sector at different levels.
What is the proudest moment of your career so far? Being part of the Prince’s Foundation merger and now of course joining Muscular Dystrophy UK.
What do you do outside work? I have a great interest in theatre and visual arts, and I’m on the board of a couple of theatre companies. London is one of the best cities in the world to see amazing performances and art.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far? My mother. She was a lawyer and wanted me to follow in her footsteps. Unfortunately she has passed away now, but I hope she would be proud of me even though I did not choose law as my career.
If you were charities minister for the day, what one thing would you do? Simplify VAT for the charity sector and introduce more guidance for charity reporting to make it more unified. I would also introduce stricter rules for UK charity registration.
Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector? Yes. I think it is a very strong sector in the UK when compared with other European countries. It is deeply rooted in British culture and society.