Smith has been our Treasurer for the past nine years. Here he explains the difference he makes and
why he loves crunching figures at Back Up.
am here to ensure the numbers add up and that the charity can deliver its commitments today whilst building towards and safeguarding the future. Some people seem to be put off by finances, but it is no different to running a household
budget or planning for a holiday. Money helps us to run our wonderful
services and make a real difference to the lives of people
affected by spinal cord injury. It also
gives me a wonderful excuse to poke my nose in everywhere!
people see money - or lack of it - as a problem. I take the opposite view. If we know what we want to do and what it
will take financially to achieve it then that can really help the development
of our services. Think big and then work out how to achieve it, rather
than be constrained by what we have today! Of course it is our volunteers
and staff that deliver the services, the finances are the fuel and speedometer
- they tell you how fast you are going and whether there is enough in the tank
to reach the final destination.
was this ability to help grow, rather than control spend that got me excited about
joining Back Up as a trustee. The opportunity to challenge (positively!)
and develop a plan that reaches more people year on year and in more ways is
what motivates me. Being a trustee is rewarding, being a treasurer gives
you real insight that can help a charity grow.
said numbers were boring?!”
well as number crunching, Richard has been up and down Snowdon, been instrumental
in the successful RBS and Back Up relationship and attended many fundraising events
you Richard for helping us to be financial sound and in turn support more
people affected by spinal cord injury.