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Role

Volunteer Chartered Accountant to certify charity accounts

  • Location

    London

  • Sector:

    Children, Education

  • Contact:

    Madeline Thomas

  • Contact email:

    mthomas@greycourt.org.uk

  • Role ref:

    GCEF1/21

  • Published:

    2 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    25-03-2021

  • Client:

    Grey Court School

Review and certification of charity’s annual accounts [t/o <£250K]

Job ref: GCEF 1/21

About us: Grey Court Education Fund

The Grey Court Education Fund was set up in 2011 as a charity (1141466 ) and a company (07499941) limited by guarantee “to advance the education of pupils of Grey Court School (in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames) by providing educational, recreational and other charitable facilities in augmentation of such facilities financed by the local education authority or the Department for Education”. The Fund works alongside the Parents Association charity (296593) for the benefit of the Grey Court school community and the benefit of young people from the wider area.

Grey Court Education Fund is a separate entity to Grey Court school and operates distinctly. It has five trustees (chaired by a local resident with no current ties to the school) and including two parents, a local councillor and the head teacher. The charity is managed by the school’s Director of Development and accounts are compiled by the finance office ahead of being scrutinised by the trustees.

The role: Accountant to certify annual accounts (ongoing)

Grey Court Education Fund is seeking a chartered accountant to certify the organisation’s annual accounts prior to submission to Companies House.

The financial year is 1st September to 31 August and therefore accounts need to be certified by May of each following year.

The individual would be furnished with all financial information to ensure appropriate scrutiny such that certification is possible. The charity manager will be available to answer any questions and talk through any areas that need clarity of explanation of approach. (Anticipated time: one day per annum).

Additional responsibility

Ideally, the individual will also attend at least one, preferably two trustee meetings per annum when finances and forecasts are reviewed to provide an opportunity for clarity. (Time: one hour per meeting; 2 hours per annum).

Qualifications/Experience

The volunteer would ideally be a chartered accountant who has certified accounts before and who wants a regular pro bono role with certainty of dates and time frames that they can fit around their professional work. The ideal candidate would also be a  local resident such that they could meet trustees or visit the school and review processes if they so wish. 

Individuals interested in this role should contact Madeline Thomas, Director of Development at Grey Court School (mthomas@greycourt.org.uk)