Sayer Vincent announces Financial Leadership Award Winners

28 September 2015The winners of Sayer Vincent’sFinancial Leadership awards 2015’ were announced at the annual Charity Accountants Conference in Nottingham on 17-18th September.

Six awards were presented to individuals and teams who championed financial leadership in their organisations. Each winner received a prize of £1000 for training and development in their organisation and the awards were presented by comedian Mark Dolan.

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.

The winners and runners up are as follows:


Martin Dalby at Social Interest Group – Winner

ChildFund International – Highly Commended

Communicating finance

Peter Rolfe at Chartered Institute of Public Relations – Winner

Institute of Development Studies- Highly Commended


Liz Hodge at British Science Association – Winner

Wikimedia – Highly Commended

Best small charity  Sally Atkinson at Magpie Dance – Winner

Making a difference as a team

Challengers – Winner

Outstanding Contribution to Financial Leadership

Ian Theodoresen, Chief Finance Officer, Church of England and Chair of Charity Finance Group


Kate Sayer, Partner, Sayer Vincent said: “This is our third year of hosting the Financial Leadership Awards and the judges noted that the standards of nominations are getting higher every year. The winners are people who put financial leadership at the heart of their organisations and whose work is making a genuine difference to their organisational success.

Our winners were all selected because their innovations can be shared with others as best practice, which in turn, will contribute to raising standards of financial leadership in the sector. We also presented a special award to Ian Theodoresen for his outstanding contribution to financial leadership in the sector”

Ian Theodoresen, Chief Finance Officer, Church of England and Chair of Charity Finance Group who won the Outstanding Contribution to Financial Leadership said, “It has been a privilege to be involved in helping change the face of charity finance over the past twenty eight years. I am grateful to Sayer Vincent for creating this award and the vision we share of inspiring financial leadership for the whole sector.”

Laura Sercombe, Chief Executive, Challengers, winners of ‘Making a difference as a team’ said, “Winning the award is such an honour and we believe it is justly deserved by a Finance Team who really do work in a very different way to support the rest of the organisation and truly make a difference.”

Six prominent chief executives judged the awards and used their experience as former financial directors to select the winners. The judges were:

Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss          

Sue Davie, Meningitis Trust

Petra Ingram, The Brooke

Mark Lever, National Autistic Society                       

Marg Mayne, My Time Active

Carole Sawyers, Brendoncare