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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.

Get in touch with our Education sector group to find out more.

Key contact

Head of Education, Partner
Bianca Silva
+44 (0)1494 441226

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Stuart Manning

Partner

As Senior Partner with over 25 year’s experience of advising clients, this has given Stuart the confidence and experience to deal with many complex and difficult situations. Helping hard working clients reward themselves plays an important part in Stuart’s strategy as is helping his owner- managed clients grow and develop their businesses.

With a reputation for driving business forward and identifying areas to maximise company wealth, Stuart’s clients continuously profit from his tenacious and energetic approach to business.  Constantly looking at “the bottom line” and the cash requirements has helped to turn around a number of businesses, resulting in clients being able to achieve their commercial and family goals and ambitions.

In addition he is a fully trained Lexcel Consultant and is an active member of the firm’s Legal Sector group.  With the advent of Academies, Stuart has been able to use his extensive knowledge regarding education, gained from the Grant Maintained initiative of the 1990’s, to advise schools and help make their transition to Academy status a seamless process.

Stuart has a keen interest in Cloud Accounting and Technology Sectors, advising clients on the best way forward using the various software packages and Apps available.

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Sarah Donnelly

Audit & Accounts Manager

Sarah joined the Bedford office in 2011 as part of the school leaver programme.  Since joining, Sarah has gained her AAT and ACCA qualifications and was promoted to manager in October 2019
 
During her time at MHA MacIntyre Hudson, Sarah has worked on a variety of assignments and sectors. In addition to statutory audit and accounts, Sarah has worked with many companies supporting, and often running the finance function. Client projects include, streamlining and improving monthly management reporting, acting as quasi-financial controller, and advising and  implementing new financial software and cloud accounting packages. 
 
Sarah acts for numerous clients in both the corporate and not-for-profit entities assisting with their business needs.
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Belinda Borwick

Audit & Accounts Senior Manager

Belinda joined MHA Macintyre Hudson in 1988 as a trainee and has progressed through to her current role as Audit and Accounts Senior Manager since 1998.

Over the years Belinda has built up considerable experience working with owner managed businesses across many industry sectors, UK subsidiaries of overseas parent companies and also within the education sector.

In her spare time, Belinda likes to keep fit and healthy, her other interests include cooking.

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Stuart McKay

Partner

Stuart is the Director of our Not for Profit Centre of Excellence based in our London City office. Stuart oversees a group of 20 individuals who are dedicated to advising and auditing the Not for Profit sector.

Stuart has been auditing Not for Profit organisations for over 13 years, having gained the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting, and joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in March 2014. During his career he has worked with a range of Not for Profit entities both in terms of size and in terms of activities.  He currently acts for a number of our high profile and national Not for Profit clients.

Stuart is currently a guest lecturer for the ICAEW and has given lectures on Charity Accounting, Governance and Sector Developments.

Stuart is a trustee of Brain Tumour Research, which enables him to experience the responsibilities of setting the strategic direction of a charity and see the audit process from the ‘other side of the fence’.

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