Meet the team – Hazel Curtis

Our interviews with the operations team continue with Hazel, our Finance Officer. Here she tells us what she values about working here and why she doesn’t have a wardrobe full of grey suits.

“Prior to starting at Mesothelioma UK in 2020, I worked in local government finance for 25 years. I started as a payments clerk and then pretty much worked my way through every aspect of finance including budget setting, final accounts, investments, risk management and insurance. During this time, I also helped organise fundraising events such as Children in Need. I loved doing this and started thinking about how I could combine this with my finance skills. When the position of finance assistant was advertised at Mesothelioma UK, I immediately jumped at the chance to apply. I was fortunate enough to get the job and am over-awed by the inspiring team I work with.

“Being able to contribute to the good stewardship of the charity funds is a great motivator.”

“My role at Mesothelioma UK involves being part of the team that translates the aims and yearly plan of the charity into financial terms. This means allocating the budget that funds for example, how many nurses we support, what research we can contribute to and what events we can put on. Being able to contribute to the good stewardship of the charity funds is a great motivator. I get real job satisfaction from ensuring everything balances, is in the right place and accurately reported.

“Getting involved and not losing sight of why the charity was set up in the first place is so important to me.”

“But I also make a point of being part of the events we have, such as the annual Patient Carer Day and our fundraising activities held throughout the year. You may have a picture of someone who works in finance being a bit strait-laced and wearing a grey suit, but that’s definitely not me. Getting involved and not losing sight of why the charity was set up in the first place is so important. Although there’s nothing wrong with grey suits I might add!

Like many people, cancer has impacted my family and friends, but I hadn’t encountered Mesothelioma until I worked here. Having met our dedicated nurses and know the services that they and the charity provide, I understand the generosity and support that friends, family and patients give to the charity. Indeed, the poignant and lovely feedback we get about the wonderful work our front-line teams do is testament to this and illustrates why I do what I do.”