Profile: Hazel Dodd, Finance Director, Can

The organisation helps social enterprises by offering flexible office space

What was your first charity job?

I was treasurer for my daughter's pre-school, but I was keen to work professionally in the sector.

Why did you choose to work at Can?

I took the job because it was somewhere I could apply my professional skills. I came from a background in commercial finance - the chief executive, Andrew Croft, got in touch with me and asked me if I wanted the job. I think it's quite often the case in the sector that you need someone with high-level experience who can work part time, and that really suited me.

What does the job involve?

I have overall management of budget planning, forecasting and business development planning. I manage a team of two people and a budget of £4m.

What's the most interesting thing about the job?

Some of the most interesting things are the opportunities available. We have a small team and there are lots of opportunities to do new things. It's always a challenge to think effectively about change.

What's taking up most of your time at the moment?

We're looking to expand outside London - somewhere that allows us to offer the same quality of service we currently have in our London offices.

Interview by David Ainsworth

Finance Advice

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