Joanna Pittman Partner

What has been your career path so far?

I always wanted to work in a field I am passionate about and so I was sad to leave archaeology after graduating in Archaeological Science. But then I discovered the charity sector – another sector where people work because they love it, rather than for the financial rewards. And it is a lot less muddy! Sayer Vincent was my route into the charity sector and gave me my professional training as a chartered accountant.

What do you enjoy about the charity sector?

Almost 20 years into my career, I still love my work and I am proud to be a Sayer Vincent partner. I love working with charities and offering them the financial expertise they may not have in-house. This might be audit, accounting, tax, risk management or governance. Sayer Vincent enables me to work with many organisations who are very different, but who all share values focused on people, rather than profits.

What skills do you bring?

I am the audit partner for a portfolio of charities and social enterprises. I am a key contact for clients and ensure our work is of a high quality and adds value. I am also responsible for ensuring that as a firm we are up to date with technical issues in audit and accounting and compliant with ethical standards and professional matters.

Tell us something people may not know

I am a trustee of Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford, where I chair the 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. I have also been appointed as one of the 14 members of the new SORP committee.

What do you get up to outside of work?

At the weekend, when I am not co-ordinating the activities of my three children, I like to get out and enjoy the Essex coast and countryside with my dog, Amber.