What has been your career path so far?
For many years, I have worked with a wide variety of clients including charitable, corporate, legal, and educational organisations. With so many rules and regulations to comply with, it struck me how critical it was to be fully aware of everything topical and relevant to give my clients the best possible advice.
Over time, as my involvement with the not-for-profit sector increased, I decided that I would become a dedicated specialist. Moving to Sayer Vincent has given me a great opportunity to do that, it is fantastic to focus on a client base of organisations working within the social purpose sector.
What do you enjoy about the charity sector?
At Sayer Vincent, our aim is to make our clients more effective, self-sufficient and sustainable. I get a real sense of satisfaction when I know that I have made someone else’s day easier, having provided useful and timely advice or helped to make finance more accessible to a trustee or someone new to charity finance. I also firmly believe that everyone can ‘do better’ and that we can always take away from and reflect on our experiences – this process helps us to deliver services to our clients in the most cost-effective way which is critical when charitable resources are under pressure.
Best part of the job?
Getting to know the people within each organisation and making sure I understand what they need from us and how we can best support them. There is no denying the ‘numbers’ part of accountancy is important, but the stories that sit behind those numbers are the far more interesting and challenging part of my role.
Tell us something people may not know
I volunteer as a trustee and treasurer of a charity committed to helping victims of domestic abuse. This role has enhanced my experience of current issues and given me a great appreciation of the commitment and energy dedicated by all those who give up so much of their time for others. It is interesting to experience being a trustee from a different perspective, and to understand how difficult it is to implement advice rather than provide it.
What do you get up to outside of work?
I love spending time with my family including playing tennis and golf, photography, walking my dog, reading, watching films and holidaying in Cornwall.