Rosie Ferguson of London Youth

Ferguson, 34, was made chief executive of the youth charity four years ago and has been at the charity for 11 years

Rosie Ferguson
Rosie Ferguson

Did you always aim to become a chief executive? I never consciously sought out the role, but I've taken leadership positions from a young age. I've just tried to be myself - organised and proactive, but passionate and able to build strong relationships with others.

What helped you as a young person in the voluntary sector? Good line management - there's nothing better than being managed by someone who gives you responsibility and trusts you to deliver. My leadership skills were helped by doing a Masters in voluntary sector management. I also shadowed several charity chief executives.

What's your advice to a young person? Work hard, be nice to people and do what you love. People succeed when they're doing something they enjoy. Building good relationships is very important.

What's your leadership style? I set high expectations but coach and empower people to achieve these.

How do you switch off from your job? I do comedy improv classes - when I'm on stage I'm completely in the present moment. I also love travelling.

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