- What does the job involve?
Marie Stopes is a charity which provides sexual health services internationally. My role covers the reporting and capacity-building support for all our global programmes, as well as divisions such as IT, legal and internal audit. At present, I manage between 60 and 80 people, and have a budget of £125m.
- What was your first job in charity?
I've spent 33 years in the sector. My first job was in a rural credit programme in Burkina Faso. I lived in Africa for 15 years, working mostly in microfinance.
- Why did you choose this job?
It's a wonderful organisation, and it's got a really interesting social entrepreneurial model, with perhaps half of our money coming in from the sale of services. It's also poised for a lot of growth - I was brought in to upgrade the administration processes as part of the preparation for that.
- What's the most interesting part of the job?
The diversity. We're operating all over the world and growing substantially. That offers a lot of challenges.
- What's the most challenging part of the job?
When I arrived in 2009 we had to consolidate 43 branches into our financial statements for the first time. That was challenging.
- What's the best advice you've had?
Do only what only you can do. When you get to a senior level it's tempting to do things that are comfortable, but aren't the best use of your time.
Interview by David Ainsworth