Profile: Richard Gough, Finance Director, Tearfund

The breadth of experience and the ability to make a difference led him to abandon the private sector to work for charity

- What was your first charity job?

This is it. Before I joined Tearfund, I was a corporate finance manager at BT and an investment manager at 3i. But I've worked with Tearfund since university.

- What does your job involve?

Being part of the leadership of the charity, strategic planning and providing financial and IT services. I'm also involved in championing the role of business in addressing poverty. We support the growth of the fair trade movement in the UK, and we speak to businesses of all sizes to encourage them to solve the problems of poverty.

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

The people I meet. Church leaders, volunteers, people from all around the world, often doing amazing things.

- What's the most challenging part?

There are a number of things, but the most enduring one is choosing between good proposals. A lot of people come to us with good ideas, and we have to identify which of those best suit the areas we work in.

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

Flying through the south of the Sudan in an old Dakota. I wasn't sure that we would land safely. Fortunately, we did.

- Why be a charity FD?

It's about making a difference - and the breadth of experience you have is so much greater than in other work.

Interview by David Ainsworth

Finance Advice

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