Sayer Vincent Launch Financial Leadership Awards 2015

Sayer Vincent, specialist auditors to the charity sector, is calling for entries for its popular Financial Leadership Awards 2015, which opened this week.

The Financial Leadership Awards are a unique opportunity for financial professionals to be recognised for their outstanding achievements, and the chance for five people or teams to win £1,000 towards training and development.

With five new categories this year, the awards are open to charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations and are designed to recognise extra effort, where an individual or team who has ‘gone the extra mile’ and made a big impact on their organisation or beneficiaries.

There are five prizes of £1,000 up for grabs in the following categories:

  • Innovation
  • Communicating finance
  • Treasurer
  • Social enterprise
  • Best small charity (below £1 million income)

Finance professionals have until 31st July 2015 to submit their entry and the winners of each category will be presented with their award at a gala dinner on 17th September 2015 at the Charity Accountants’ Conference in Nottingham.

There will also be smaller training packages and prizes awarded to entries highly commended by the judges. The awards were launched two years ago and are designed to encourage finance professionals to develop their leadership potential and contribution to the achievement of their organisation’s objectives.

Financial leadership is an increasingly important element of the management mix as charities seek new and innovative ways to raise funds. Since the financial crisis charity giving has lessened and government funding has decreased; but charities often have to deliver more with less. These awards recognise the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes in the third sector and the significant contribution financial leaders make.

Kate Sayer, partner at Sayer Vincent said: “Once again we are looking for individuals or teams that have contributed above and beyond their normal role. We want to know what difference has been made and whether this is good practice that can be shared with other charities.”

Kevin Geeson, Chief Executive of Dyslexia Action said: “We are really looking forward to receiving entries for this year’s awards. The standard has been outstanding over the past two years and highlighted some of the many achievements of finance professionals in UK charities and their high level of commitment.”

One of last year’s winners, Helen Jacobs, Director of Central Services at Cats Protection won the award for ‘Improving the way we work (large charity)’.  Commenting on the award Helen said: “The people on the front line in our charity get the satisfaction of seeing cats rehomed but in finance, we don’t see that side of the operation so it’s great that these Financial Leadership Awards give us the chance to have our own award.”

Gina Spencer, Head of finance at Age UK, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin who won the award for ‘Improving the way we work (small charity)’ said: “Finance tends to be an invisible function, working away in the background and enabling the organisation to operate so it’s great that Sayer Vincent’s awards recognise the hard work of these ‘unsung heroes.”

The judging panel consists of seven prominent chief executives who will draw on their experience to recognise excellence in financial leadership:

  • Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss
  • Sue Davie, Meningitis Trust
  • Kevin Geeson, Dyslexia Action
  • Petra Ingram, The Brooke
  • Mark Lever, National Autistic Society
  • Marg Mayne, My Time Active
  • Carole Sawyers, Brendon Care

Applicants can apply for an award at by downloading and completing a short application form. Guidance for applying can also be found online. The closing date for entries is 31st July and the Awards will be announced at the Charity Accountants’ Conference in Nottingham on 17th September 2015.

About Sayer Vincent

Sayer Vincent was established in 1983 by a small group committed to providing high quality services to community-based organisations. We have continued with the same values since then – making technical subjects accessible to people and organisations working in charities and social enterprises. We have grown into one of the largest teams of charity specialists and provide an all-round service across the UK. We understand the governance and management arrangements in charities including their trading activities. We are specialists in audit, charity tax, VAT, gift aid and strategic advisory services.