Alyson is a specialist Education and Not for Profit Audit partner. She joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2018 as part of the firm’s sector growth strategy. She advised the first converter academy in Kent and has gone on to advise the first academy PRU, special schools and those with PFI contracts assisting in the negotiation of revised funding streams to cater for special business cases.
She was previously head of the academies team at Williams Giles, where she started the academies practice when the first schools began to convert following the 2010 legislation. Prior to specialising in education, Alyson has enjoyed a career spanning Corporate Finance, Not for Profit audit, and Corporate Recovery. Alyson works with a number of academy training providers to deliver lectures on academy finance and management, and is also regularly asked to chair academy conferences and write articles for the sector.
Alyson was Chair of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Kent between 2003 and 2007 and has held a number of roles at national level in the organisation. She has served several terms on the ruling Council, and Chaired the Membership Committee and acted as Deputy Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee between 2010 and 2017. She has a particular interest in governance in the Not for Profit sector and is currently serving on a policy sub committee of the IoD in this area.
Alyson is married with three grown up children and enjoys reading, skiing and music, although not all at the same time.
Finance professionals and school business managers work with facts, forecasts and reasonable assumptions. However, in the world of Education Finance, policy changes have become so common that it is becoming increasingly difficult to balance budgets and make reliable plans.
Increased spending on education is the root of economic growth, according to Professor Joe Nellis from Cranfield School of Management, and is a key driver in the continuation of the cautious optimism that he and fellow economists hold for the future of the UK economy.
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