Disasters Emergency Committee
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is a collaboration uniting 14 UK aid agencies to launch and coordinate responses to major disasters overseas, enabling the British public to donate to British aid agencies. DEC have raised more than £750 million since being launched in 1963, which has helped save lives and rebuild communities devastated by disasters.
Sayer Vincent became the DEC auditors in 2011. As part of the audit work undertaken in the first year, we carried out a detailed review of the gift aid processes and procedures. This provided DEC with extra assurance that their processes were robust and gave DEC staff an opportunity to discuss areas that they had concerns about with our specialist staff. DEC additionally asked Sayer Vincent to support them with a review of their finance function. We interviewed staff across the charity to understand the needs of the organisation and used our experience of finance functions across the sector to provide a practical report with recommendations.
“The DEC staff and Trustees felt the real benefit of a having a robust challenge from the new auditors to established procedures and were very pleased how Sayer Vincent handled the first audit and finance review.”
Brendan Gormley, CEO to August 2012, Disasters Emergency Committee