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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.

Get in touch 

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

Meet the team

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Rakesh Shaunak

Partner and Group Chairman

Rakesh is the Managing Partner and Group Chairman of MHA MacIntyre Hudson and MHA, as well as Chairman of the firm’s London Head Office and the Southern Region. In addition to his governance role, much of his time is devoted to business advisory work with a diverse portfolio of clients.

He is head of the firm’s Financial Services and lead Partner of Baker Tilly’s global financial sector team. Rakesh also leads on the firms work in the Natural Resources arena and with Listed Companies and Public Interest Entities.

Rakesh is the Reporting and Relationship Partner for two listed companies, a number of other Public Interest Entities, seven UK banks and the European arm of one of the largest banks in the world.

As a senior director of Baker Tilly International, Rakesh is proactively leading collaborative working between Baker Tilly International global offices.

Rakesh is a non-executive director of a listed Real Estate Investment Trust and Chairman of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee. Until recently he was also Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. 

His all-round experience helps Rakesh advise clients from a wide perspective such as

  • Listed Companies and Public Interest Entities
  • Banks and Financial Institutions
  • International businesses
  • Education & Higher Education
  • Mineral extraction and refining
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Bianca Silva

Head of Education, Partner

Bianca heads the firm’s Schools & Academies sector, leading a team of Partners due to her specialist knowledge and expertise developed over 30 years; initially supporting a number of schools in the 1990’s which became Grant Maintained, then moving on to support independent schools as well as schools converting to Academy status and today advising established and growing Multi Academy Trusts, often with complex structures and individual needs.  Her diverse portfolio includes many charities, schools, academies, religious organisations and voluntary groups as well as commercial and owner managed businesses.  

Bianca holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting, which acknowledges expertise and experience in charity accounting and finance at the highest level and is regularly referred to by Partners of the firm to provide guidance on the complex and regulated accounting requirements faced by the Not for Profit sector.

Bianca takes a personal interest in her clients' success and is proud to support the many dedicated individuals, organisations and professionals to achieve their goals. A member of the Churches Main Committee, she devotes much of her spare time to doing voluntary work.

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Tom Brown

Manager

Tom joined MacIntyre Hudson in May 2012 as a trainee, completing his AAT and ACA qualifications and quickly progressing to his current position of Manager.

Tom currently works on a diverse portfolio of clients, specialising in audit and accounts. His clients range from large groups to SMEs and has been heavily involved in both the Construction & Real Estate and Academy sectors since his appointment.

Tom is passionate about providing a great service and enjoys working closely with his clients. This has developed great working relationships with his existing client base.

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Steve Locke

Audit & Accounts Manager

Steve has been with MHA Macintyre Hudson since 2011 where he joined as a school leaver. In this time he has completed both his AAT and ACA qualifications with the firm and swiftly progressed to the level of Audit & Accounts Manager. Steve has been working locally in the Essex market, expanding his experience into a variety of sectors and business sizes.

Steve has significant experience with a number of clients in the Not-for-Profit sector, including Independent Schools and Academies, working closely with them to provide audit, assurance and statutory accounts preparation services. He is committed to developing strong working relationships with clients and colleagues alike, and prides himself on the long-standing working relationships he has developed, especially with the local Academies which he has been involved with for multiple years.

Steve has also gained extensive experience and knowledge with Small to Medium owner managed businesses. With these he has covered a variety of services, most notably in the audit and compliance field. His role extends beyond compliance where he also ensures that he is able to answer client queries and provide valuable advice on subjects such as VAT, accounting and bookkeeping.

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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

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
Finance Director