Charities can attract criticism about whether they are holding the right level of reserves or spend too much on fundraising, senior managers and overheads. Isolated incidents of malpractice in the charity sector can also influence public perceptions.
ICAEW’s Audit and Assurance Faculty and experienced charity auditors will share their perspectives on common myths about how charities operate. This webinar will demonstrate how charities can use transparent reporting to educate stakeholders in areas where misconceptions are prevalent.
This webinar, with contributions by charity auditors from BDO, Crowe UK and RSM, will launch our guide ‘Dispelling common myths about charities’ which incorporates auditor perspectives on the charity sector. The working party for the publication was chaired by Pesh Framjee.
ICAEW members and non-members are welcome to join. This event is organised by the Charity Community. Please click here to join online.
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Kristina Kopic FCA DChA, Head of Charity and Voluntary Sector, ICAEWKristina is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in and for the Not-for-Profit sector for over 15 years. Kristina trained at charity specialists Sayer Vincent and subsequently worked in finance roles at the Royal College of Nursing, Imperial College London and the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Kristina holds charity-specific qualifications in accountancy, law and governance and a Master in Voluntary Sector Management from Bayes Business School (formerly Cass). In her spare time, she is a charity trustee and treasurer.
Alex Russell, Head of Audit and Assurance Strategy, ICAEWAlex helps shape ICAEW’s work in many areas including around UK audit reform, climate and wider ESG assurance, implementing auditing standards, and developing other practical guidance for members. Prior to joining ICAEW, Alex qualified with Sayer Vincent before continuing his career at Deloitte, leading the charity audits of the Wellcome Trust, Charities Aid Foundation, British Red Cross and Motability, and acting as technical reviewer on NSPCC, the Royal British Legion, and Save the Children UK.
Nick Sladden, Head of Charities, RSMNick heads the RSM charities team at RSM. He advises on audit, assurance and financial reporting and is an audit partner for a number of Top 250 charities. Using his 20 years’ experience in the sector, including working in Germany and Romania, Nick has developed RSM’s in-house guidance on Charities SORP FRS102 and undertaken research projects on the adoption of the Charity Governance Code. Nick holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting and has completed the Governing for Nonprofit Excellence Program at Harvard Business School and is a trustee of a national charity and a school governor. He is also Chair of Trustees at the RSM UK Foundation.
Naziar Hashemi, Partner & National Head of Social Purpose & Non Profits Organisations, CroweNaziar Hashemi joined Crowe in September 2008 from a Big Four Firm as a specialist non profits partner. In addition to providing assurance services Naziar also provides advisory services to a range of charities. These include assignments from risk and finance function reviews, systems, benchmarking and performance measurements and governance reviews. Naziar leads Crowe's work on Donor Audits and has knowledge of institutional funding requirements having produced reports for a variety of institutional and governmental donors. She also carries out training for charities and lectures and writes on a range of topics relevant to Trustees and management.
Fiona Condron, Audit Partner, Not for Profit, BDOFiona is an Audit Partner and passionate about providing high quality external audit to many of the leading charities and social enterprises in the UK. She spent the first decade of her career with a Big 4 firm which was a fantastic grounding in a wide range of skills and experience. Her experience of the third sector extends across two decades.She has presented at internal and external technical seminars, published numerous articles and co-authored books on charity accounting and governance.
Pesh Framjee, Social Purpose and Non Profit Consultant and Special Advisor to CFGPesh was the partner leading teams working with social purpose and non profit organisations at Crowe, Deloitte, Arthur Andersen and BDO Binder Hamlyn. During this time these firms have been listed as the lead provider of audit services to charities for the 30 consecutive years. He now provides wide ranging consultancy services to Social Purpose and Non Profit organisations. Pesh has been a member of the Committee that produced the 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2015 Charity SORPs and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise on matters facing social purpose entities. He is also a member of the Practitioner Advisory Group that provides advisory input and feedback in the development of the world’s first Internationally applicable Financial Reporting guidance for non-profit organisations. He was a member of the Accounting Standard Board’s Committee on Accounting for Public Benefit Entities and was also a member of the Charity Tax Commission.
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