About Sam2021-12-06T13:34:50+00:00

I qualified as an accountant in the corporate sector in 1996 and very soon after realised that I was destined to develop my career in the charity and education sectors. For 22 years I  provided internal and external audit, and advisory services to charities and schools and since 2019 I provide risk and governance advice. As an external auditor you learn the importance of having systems and controls to manage financial risk as well as legal and regulatory compliance. Internal auditors are required to review systems to ensure they are operating efficiently and effectively, so delivering the best outcomes in the most cost-effective way. As a professional adviser you work with many different clients and scenarios and over the years create a bank of knowledge to draw upon. As a result I have established a skillset that ensures compliance in an efficient and effective way.

In addition, I am a governor or trustee of a number of organisations including chair of the Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, a membership of the Ivy Learning Multi Academy Trust, a governor of Plymouth College, a governor of St Ignatius College and trustee of the Association of Governing Bodies in Independent Schools. All these roles give me tremendous insight into the governance and risk challenges facing trustees and governors in a range of sectors including the risks they need to manage.

Finally, as a partner in 2 significant charity and education firms you learn how to run a commercial entity which focuses recommendations on adding value to the organisation. I was also involved in staff and partner training and development which requires knowledge of corporate culture, behaviours and values. 

My interest in governance and risk has developed over many years and started in 2002 at Crowe UK where I was also a charity and education audit partner. I further developed my specialism at Haysmacintyre and having qualified as a Certificate Member of the Institute of Risk Management I am able to support my clients in looking at risk from different perspectives. 

I regularly write on financial governance and risk and I have spoken at conferences including the Charity Finance Group, the Independent Schools Bursars’ Association, Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools and Civil Society.