Q Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far?
My mother, who was a five-foot-nothing bundle of Welsh energy. She was team manager of our under-15s rugby team and, oddly for a loving mother, I remember her telling me to make sure that I always hit the opposition’s biggest player backwards with my first tackle. This encouragement to take on big challenges extended to life in general, but she was always there with words of reassurance and encouragement after the odd failure.
Q If you were charities minister for the day, what one thing would you do?
My new "one thing" would be to sort out the funding and the uncertainty around sleep-in care payments. Collectively, the back pay owed has been calculated at £400m sector-wide, but we believe that figure is massively underestimated and we are concerned for the future financial stability of the sector.
Q Are you optimistic for the future of the charity sector?
Most charities do a great job and it is galling that the bad practices of a small number of charities can tarnish the reputation of the whole sector. Regaining some lost public confidence in charities is a challenge we must all meet. There is also a danger that the greater scrutiny faced by charities from the Charity Commission, politicians, commissioners and funders will make charities more bureaucratic and increasingly risk-averse.