Lawrence Ryden Manager

What has been your career path so far?

I studied history at university and immediately after graduating I decided to move abroad. I started teaching English and settled in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, a beautiful and historic city. After surviving eight harsh winters, it felt like time to come home, and I wanted a new challenge.

What attracted you to Sayer Vincent?

The firm really stood out in terms of its values and the contribution it makes to the third sector. When attending the recruitment day I was struck by how friendly everybody was, and the passion with which they talked about their charity clients.

What do you enjoy about your job?

We work with such a variety of organisations, in terms of their sizes and areas of focus, that there is always something new to explore. I really enjoy being able to visit clients and seeing the work they get up to. You learn much more about the charities when you walk around their premises, and they can show you how they are having a positive impact on the people they support.

Pre-pandemic I had the opportunity to do some international travel for work. We visited villages in Malawi and Tanzania, and seeing the local children speak so happily about the support they were receiving from an education charity was very humbling.

What do you get up to outside of work?

I’m a trustee and the treasurer of a London charity, which allows me to see things from the ‘other side’. I’m also a keen runner, and normally in training for my next marathon, sometimes with my labrador as a keen training partner!