Profile: Terry Hazeldine, director of resources and finance, Wildlife Trust

Hazeldine joined the charity after volunteering in conservation for years and wanted to do something that interested him personally

Terry Hazeldine, director of resources and financies, Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire
Terry Hazeldine, director of resources and financies, Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire

- What does your job involve?

I'm responsible for a wide range of things, from financial planning to advising the senior management team. I manage 20 staff and, typically, a budget of up to £5m, but this year it was more like £10m because we got some capital funding.

- What was your first job in the sector?

I worked with a large disability charity, although my job there involved finance only. Here, I have management and fundraising responsibilities.

- Why did you choose the Wildlife Trust?

I've been volunteering in conservation for years. I wanted to do something that interested me personally.

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

I can see the difference the trust is making on the ground. The trust is growing; we're merging our reserves. We've got a major project in the Fens where animals that lived there 150 years ago are coming back.

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

Assessing how volatile the income situation is.

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

At a previous charity, I found a staff member embezzling funds.

- Interview by David Ainsworth

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