Profile: Linda Clemett, director of finance at Depaul UK

The young homeless people her charity works with provide an inspiration in her job.

Linda Climett
Linda Climett

- What does your job involve?

I'm responsible for everything financial in the organisation. I am also company secretary and in charge of IT, property and maintenance. I oversee the budget of £7m-£8m a year.

- What was your first job in charity?

As finance director at Centrepoint, from 1993. I joined Depaul in 2007.

- Why did you choose the organisation you're with?

It provides accommodation for hard-to-reach groups such as ex-offenders and people with mental health difficulties - I feel it does really important work.

- What's the most challenging part of the job?

Public expenditure cuts.

- What's the most interesting part of the job?

Meeting the young people. It's amazing how positive they are despite the problems they've got.

- What's the worst experience you've had in the job?

Surviving the recession. There was a sudden drop in our income. That was difficult because it was so unexpected, and because there wasn't time to adjust before the year-end.

- What's the most useful bit of advice you've ever had?

Promise little and deliver more. As FD, it's your job to be prudent.

Interview by David Ainsworth

Finance Advice

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