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Education

Our national education team has guided schools and institutes, advised national bodies, and input into the direction of the UK’s education sector for more than three decades. The team provides comprehensive support and solutions, plus acts as a sounding board, understanding future plans and identifying areas before they become an issue. 

We work across the education spectrum, including time spent with independent schools, academies, MATs (Multi-Academy Trusts), maintained schools, free schools, UTCs (University Technical Colleges) colleges, sixth form colleges and universities.

We are one of the largest providers of audit services to the sector, and team members have had significant technical input into legislative changes - for example, through helping to compile an early version of the Academies Accounts Direction, and through serving on the national charity Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) Committee. We are also part of a working party regularly meeting with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFA).  

With this commitment and sector exposure, we draw upon our collective in-depth knowledge and experience to guide clients effectively.

Independent Schools

We can provide you with a full range of client-driven, specialist services specific to independent schools including:

  • Internal audit and external audit
  • Employment tax issues and the engagement of workers
  • VAT (including minimising VAT in development projects)
  • Due diligence and mergers
  • Corporation tax
  • Capital projects
  • Interim finance management and secondments
  • Governor training
  • Audit Committee training

Academies

We invest significant time and resources to ensure that our specialist expertise makes a tangible difference for our clients, and have been appointed as auditors and advisers to around 200 academy schools. We provide comprehensive support and solutions in areas such as:

  • What to keep in mind during the academy conversion process
  • Audit, accounting and reporting requirements
  • Setting-up systems and procedures for the new academy
  • Budgets, cash flow and financial plans
  • Internal audit, extended external audit and other assurance services
  • A VAT review and advice on the best method for academies to reclaim VAT
  • Employment tax issues and engagement of workers
  • Advice on the best structure for any commercial trading activities
  • Corporation tax and funding
  • Review and advice on the chart of accounts
  • Advice on year-end accounting and running the year-end procedure
  • Due diligence for potential mergers into a multi-academy trust
  • Trustee responsibilities and governance to comply with the Academies Financial Handbook

Further & Higher Education

Our specialist accounting, business advisory and tax services for the further education and higher education sector include:

  • Strategy and funding reviews
  • Capital project review and appraisal
  • Internal and external audit
  • Corporation tax & VAT compliance
  • Mergers & acquisitions advice
  • Assistance with OJEU
  • Interim management and secondments
  • Governor training
  • Audit Committee training

Our education sector team also regularly produces sector benchmarks based on our database, which, along with good practice comparatives, can help you measure your progress.

We host regular workshops and training sessions for finance staff and trustees, and also produce publications and insights highlighting important topical issues.

Click here to find out more about how we can help your Further and Higher Education institution.

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Meet the team

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James Lannigan

Audit Manager

James in an audit manager with a number of years of experience since qualifying in 2014.

James has built up experience covering a range of audit and accounts clients across the region, working with partners and managers in numerous offices. James is the CaseWare (Accounts software) Champion for the Peterborough office and an avid user of Excel.

James works on audit assignments across many sectors including, manufacturing, service charges and leisure vehicles. James overseas the accounts production of almost 30 academies across the central region.

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Helen Blundell

Director

Helen joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in July 2015 following the merger with Birmingham based MHA Bloomer Heaven.  She has more than twenty years experience in the Not for Profit sector, including charities, academies, schools and other not for profit bodies and holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting as well as a post graduate certificate in Charity Accounting and Financial Management. 

Helen works across our Birmingham and Leicester offices and acts as engagement principal on audit and independent examination assignments as well as advising on special assignments across a range of issues.  Helen is also involved in delivering training on a regular basis for clients and staff but also for bodies such as Charity Finance Group serving the not for profit sector.

Helen has extensive experience in advising charities across a range of issues and served as a trustee of Birmingham Cathedral for more than six years. She has had experience of auditing grants made to aid agencies on behalf of the European Commission and has held an appointment as an Interim Manager appointed by the Charity Commission. She is passionate about delivering advisory support to the sector to help them fulfil their charitable objectives. 

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Cara Miller

Partner

Cara is a qualified accountant with over 20 years experience and a Gold Medal winner for the ACCA Examinations achieving the highest exam results in the world for the professional stage exams.

Cara has a corporate portfolio providing compliance services to a broad range of owner managed businesses and groups which span across many sectors including retail, construction, motor, haulage and logistics.

In addition to her corporate client portfolio, Cara specialises in working with the Not for Profit sector including local and national Charities, Independent Schools, Academies and community interest companies, supplying audit, assurance, governance and taxation advisory services to local and national organisations.

Audit is meant to be so much more than a number crunching exercise and Cara strives to ensure that the audit process is adding value through a risk-based approach with open communication and feedback.

Cara’s client base extends across East Anglia, where she has a strong reputation for providing excellent hands on service to local businesses and charities. She was crowned the East Anglian Daily Times - Young Business Person of the Year in 2013.

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Glenn Jobling

Manager

Glenn is a manager in our London office who joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2011 as a graduate trainee within our audit and assurance department. Glenn qualified as a chartered accountant in 2014 and has experience in a varied and diverse range of sectors, including construction and real estate, manufacturing, technology, and education.

Glenn is able to use his hands on experience to provide advice and support to our clients and audit teams.

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What they say about us

The whole team are exceedingly knowledgeable and the main benefit of working with MHA MacIntyre Hudson is the reassurance I feel that our business is in safe hands. Hayley Wilson - Fenmarc
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What they say about us

MHA MacIntyre Hudson has truly been a value additive auditor, which is quite rare and something to look up to. The level of knowledge of all team members and the engagement partner is quite extensive and we have thoroughly enjoyed the partnership with them. Way to go MHA MacIntyre Hudson!! - Dishman group