Richard Fogelman on his role at Grief Encounter

The 33-year-old became chief operating officer of the charity that offers counselling to bereaved children and their parents in September 2014

Richard Fogelman
Richard Fogelman

Q. You've got a background in the financial sector - how was the move to the charity sector?

The culture change is huge, and the biggest difference is the environment - the finance world is so cut-throat. In banking, you don't necessarily trust each other, but in charities everyone's working towards a common goal.

Q. How have you found being a young chief executive?

My experience speaks for itself, and we're a fairly young team. The strangest change was being the only guy in the organisation, so I've had to adapt my conversation, from football to nails and make-up.

Q. How do you avoid taking the emotional elements of the job home?

It is emotionally draining to deal with a parent who has experienced the loss of their partner, and we are urged to speak to our counsellors once every week or fortnight. But it has made me stronger.

Q. Tell us something unusual about yourself.

I have a particular talent, which I don't believe anyone else has, which is that I can count the number of letters in a sentence within a second - even when it's been spoken out loud.

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