I have always wanted to work in a field that I was passionate about and was sad to leave the world of archaeology after graduating in Archaeological Science. But then I found the charity sector, another sector you work in because you love it, rather than for any financial motive. And it’s less muddy! Sayer Vincent was my route in to the charity sector and gave me a professional training as a chartered accountant. Over 15 years later I am still loving my work and I’m now a partner. I really enjoy working with charities and offering them financial expertise that they may not have in-house. This might be audit, accounting, tax, risk management or governance. For me, working at Sayer Vincent is great as it’s an opportunity to work with a large number of organisations who are very different but share values that are about people not profit. I am the audit partner for a portfolio of charities and social enterprises. My role here is to be a key contact for clients and ensure our work is of a high quality and adds value. I also have particular responsibility for technical and compliance – so I ensure that as a firm we are up-to-date with technical issues in audit and accounting and compliant with ethical standards and professional matters. I am also a tax specialist, particularly on VAT, so I am a member of our specialist tax group. I have experience of undertaking VAT reviews for clients, advising on VAT matters and corresponding with HMRC. 2016 was all about helping our clients transition to the new charities SORP and the implementation of FRS102, offering training to ensure they were fully aware of the new requirements. In 2017, I will continue to deliver training on SORP, as well as developing our “How to be a good trustee” session to mirror the updated code of good governance for the voluntary and community sector. Outside work, I am a trustee of Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford, where I chair our Financial Governance committee. I previously spent three years on the audit committee of UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, where I enjoyed experiencing a different side of internal and external audit. At the weekend, when I’m not ferrying my three children to various things, I like to get out and enjoy the Essex coast and countryside.