Rob Pepper

Rob trained with Sayer Vincent completing his ACA qualification in 2014. Since leaving Sayer Vincent, Rob has volunteered abroad and is now International Finance Manager for Amnesty International

Training and working at SV

The people and the social aspect are what really made training at SV a great experience for me. It was great working with a group of like-minded, enthusiastic people. We all worked together with a shared goal, supported each other during exams, and of course, made time for drinks and lunch together. We really learned a lot from each other and from senior members of staff throughout SV who all played a key part in my development.

Making a difference and working in the sector

Training and working at SV gave me huge insight into the charity sector. Current colleagues have commented that my knowledge of NGO’s and finance within charities generally is very strong. Leaving SV I felt very prepared for working in the charity sector. The experience I gained has aided me particularly in my current role where I’m involved in so many aspects of finance. Working at SV helped me to get to grips with the needs and requirements of small charities right the way up to large international social purpose organisations. This background gave me the confidence to approach my current role and look at things in a different way.

Advice for people interested in a career in charity finance

Don’t neglect the ‘people element’

“Although being the best technically is important, my experience has now taught me that listening to people and truly understanding their needs is vital. The people element plays a huge role and must work alongside technical capabilities”

Never stop learning. I recently completed the Inspiring Financial Leadership course run by Cass Business School, CFG and Sayer Vincent. It was definitely worth the hard work as the knowledge gained has been amazing for my development.

Giving back 

I volunteered for three months in Bangladesh as part of a team setting up businesses and community projects in a deprived area of Bangladesh. The aim was to help local people set up businesses using tribal skills to produce handmade luxury items to help their communities become self-sufficient. This experience really taught me how to work with people from very different backgrounds, incorporating very different opinions and still coming up with a positive result. This was a cross-cultural and multilingual project in which I was responsible for market research and organising community projects. Initially, my role here was definitely out of my comfort zone, however the experience taught me so many skills that I now use on a daily basis.