Bex joined Sayer Vincent as a trainee shortly after completing a degree in Theology and Religious Studies, at the University of Leeds. After completing her ACA, Bex was certain she wanted to pursue a career in the charity sector and went to on gain a role as Finance Business Partner for well-known charity Comic Relief.
We caught up with Bex to have a chat about her experience training and working with us and how skills gained at SV have been a key asset in her new role.
Training and working at SV
Sayer Vincent is a genuinely great place to work, I was able to work with some amazing clients and thoroughly enjoyed team work with colleagues. Since leaving, I’ve realised how lucky I am to still have such an amazing network of people I can call on for advice. Someone is always available at the end of the phone (or in our what’s app group!) who has the answer or helpful tips to a tricky finance issue. This has been so helpful as I have continued working within the sector. As a trainee I appreciated the fact that the team at SV care about our wellbeing. I definitely had a lot of support whilst studying and working and there were lots of fun social activities to look forward to, a particular favourite of mine was Christmas Crafternoon!
“I’m proud of the fact that I trained at Sayer Vincent. Having SV on my CV has been a real boost for my career in the charity sector. People are always impressed when find out where I trained!”
Making a difference and working in the sector
Training at SV gave me the platform and confidence I needed to work in a large and well-known charity such as Comic Relief. The training and experience gained at SV enabled me to develop an expertise that’s been appreciated by the sector and I’m happy to be using the valuable skills I learned in my current role. Comic relief have been through a period of change since I started, at times it’s been quite challenging and busy but, I have been able to use my knowledge which has led to the implementation of some new ideas helping to create smoother processes. I have been inspired by several colleagues from Sayer Vincent to start working towards my diploma in charity accounting. I hope this will allow me to make more of a positive difference in the charity sector going forward.
Since leaving SV
I’ve recently taken up the opportunity to become a trustee for new charity Citizens of the World Choir – a choir for asylum seekers, refugees and friends. Whilst training at SV, I gained a good understanding of what a strong control environment looks like for charities small and large. This has helped me to proactively advise on financial aspects and reviewing internal controls which is important especially as the charity is newly registered. I’ve also been able to help with researching relevant aspects of data protection, safeguarding policies as well as the charity’s presence on social media. I was grateful to be able to come back to SV and speak to Judith about my new role as a trustee. They have offered me on-going support and didn’t hesitate to offer advice and support.
“Long term I 100% see myself staying in the charity sector. SV has enabled me to carve out a niche for myself, I can’t see myself working in any other sector!”