“Financial management is a fundamental and necessary apostolic service in the Society” which helps it realise its Mission (i.e. the service of faith and the promotion of justice). That is, at least how I see my role. I am a qualified Chartered Management Accountant, who previously worked as Finance Director at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Before that I was Finance Director for an international water engineering company.
I am a Catholic, having converted at the age of 18 mainly as a result of my experience of going to school at St Mary’s High School, a Catholic comprehensive school just outside Hereford. My experience of the Jesuits was really confined to a year or so before getting married at Farm Street Church. I jumped at the chance of working for the Jesuits in such a senior financial role and my eyes have been opened since joining at the depth and breadth of the work that the Jesuits carry out from pastoral services to their work overseas, from Education to Formation and from the relief of poverty to spirituality centres and to youth media and dialogue activities. I would encourage you to take a look at the latest set of accounts, which describes some of the work which goes on.
I hope to continue doing what I am professionally qualified to do to help the Society to achieve even more, remembering that “Those who administer the goods of the Society should do so with diligence and faithfulness” and that I should “combine integrity and firmness with gentleness and kindness in an atmosphere of transparency and mutual confidence.”