Me & My Job - Deborah Skillicorn, marketing director, Greenfingers

Deborah Skillicorn, marketing director, Greenfingers - image: Greenfingers
Deborah Skillicorn, marketing director, Greenfingers - image: Greenfingers

- How did you get started?

I was fortunate enough to get a job working for a high-profile businessman in the property sector who needed a charity person to represent him in his philanthropic pursuits. Out of this came opportunities and on-the-job training, which has lead to a fulfilling 20-year career, to date, including two charity chief executive officer roles.

- What advice would you give others starting out?

Understand very clearly the "what not to dos" and then start thinking about the "what to dos".

- What does your typical day involve?

A typical day for me will be to deal with many of the corporate partners we have nurtured into the Greenfingers charity. All our donors and supporters have different reasons and motivations for supporting our work, and all of them are vital in the success of Greenfingers. Writing campaigns to fit particular companies is an exciting element of my current role.

- What is the best part of your job?

Seeing the funding coming through to enable the next magical garden to be built.

- And the worst?

Anything tiresome that takes me away from generating funds.

- What kit could you not do without?

A decent pair of wellies.

- What is your greatest achievement at work?

To have been part of the recent success of Greenfingers. The charity is now well-established in a permanent office and working effectively with many interesting and inspiring donors. This all helps towards building up a sustainable future.

- How do you wind down after a hard day?

I enjoy painting and I make silver jewellery. I like walking and skiing, I sing in a choir and I am learning to play the piano.

- What does your future hold?

I will continue to work in the charity sector for as long as anyone can use my skills. I enjoy working with small charities and helping them to grow.

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