Sayer Vincent, specialist auditors and advisors to the charity sector, announced the winners of its second ‘Financial Leadership Awards’ at the annual Charity Accountants’ Conference, at the Marriott Bristol on 18th September 2014.
The awards were launched last year as Sayer Vincent celebrated 30 years in business to recognise individuals and finance teams in charities that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, going the extra mile to add value to their organisations and beneficiaries. The entries were judged independently by a panel of leading Charity CEOs, all former Finance Directors themselves.
Five award winners were announced, with prizes of £1000 presented to the winners to put towards training and development in their charities.
A year’s worth of unlimited free training sessions from Sayer Vincent and £100 worth of training or publications from the Directory of Social Change were also awarded to individuals who were highly commended by the judges.
Here is the list of winners and runners up:
Improving the way we work (small charity)
Winner – Gina Spencer, Age UK, Shropshire Telford and Wrekin
Improving the way we work (large charity)
Winner – Helen Jacobs, Cats Protection
Raising awareness of finance
Winner – Pascale Nicholls, Amnesty International – International Secretariat
Highly commended – Velou Singara, Coram
Winner – Laura Wharnsby, Girlguiding, Essex West
Highly commended – Malcolm Rogers, Volunteer Centre Dacorum
Highly commended – David Lyon, FIM Trust
Special Recognition for contribution to financial leadership
Winners – Simon Hopkins, Elizabeth Finn Care
Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive at The Brendoncare Foundation: “This year’s entrants have demonstrated exceptionally high standards, which meant it was no easy task for the judging panel to decide on the winners. These awards celebrate the hard work that charity finance professionals do in charities and the winners should be extremely proud of themselves.”
Kate Sayer, Partner at Sayer Vincent comments: “We were delighted to present the awards and to recognise the achievements of these outstanding individuals in finance. Standards this year were even higher and we had many more entries that last year, highlighting some fantastic examples of best practice.
“We also introduced two new awards this year – one for volunteers who are the often the unsung heroes in many charitable organisations and a special recognition award for someone the judges felt had made an extraordinary contribution to improving financial leadership in the sector – Simon Hopkins.”