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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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Sudhir Singh

Head of Not for Profit, Partner

Sudhir is National Head of Not for Profit and an audit Partner based in MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s London City Office. He is a highly experienced Not for Profit specialist who has worked in the sector for 30 years. Prior to joining MHA MacIntyre Hudson, he was either the national sector head or a specialist Partner in three other top 20 accountancy practices.

He is a recognised expert in Not for Profit accounting, finance, governance, law and regulation, has served on several working parties, and is regularly asked to speak or write on these topics, He has strong links to sector bodies, regulators and other sector professionals.

His experience includes charities, independent schools, academies, free schools, further and higher education establishments, executive non departmental public bodies and other Not for Profit entities. He has particularly focused on advising complex and high-profile organisations, working with larger Not for Profits, having acted for over 25 top 250 registered charities, and using his extensive knowledge to provide practical solutions.

In June 2020, he was appointed onto the Council for the Royal College of Art and is a member of their Audit and Risk Committee. His personal sector commitment in a voluntary capacity extends over 30 years and has included being a member of the finance committee of a cathedral, Honorary Treasurer of ACEVO, Vice-Chairman of Governors at an independent school, and other trustee roles.

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James Meek

Accounts Manager

James heads our independent Accounts Hub in Colchester, providing accounts preparation services for clients nationally through a team of financial reporting specialists that are separate from the audit process.

James joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2006 and obtained both his AAT and ACA qualifications with the firm. He specialises in management reporting and large, international group consolidations, and has a flair for designing and building tailored financial reporting tools. 

His portfolio consists of clients across the full spectrum of sectors and industries within the MHA network, affording him unique insight and experience when advising on financial reporting matters.

James prides himself on delivering practical, accurate advice to his clients in a language and manner they can understand. He considers himself to be a problem solver who isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, often finding the simplest solution is the right one. 

Outside of work James enjoys spending time with his family and trying to cook them a decent meal.

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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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Sally Burford

Audit and Accounts Manager

Sally is a Chartered Certified Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in accounting and auditing, having worked at MHA MacIntyre Hudson Leicester office for 17 years after joining in 2005. 

She is conscientious, hands-on qualified Audit Manager who provides an exceptional level of support and solutions for her team.  She is experienced in dealing with Not for Profit audits, including those of Academies and Multi Academy Trusts, subsidiaries of overseas parent companies and owner manager businesses in a wide variety of sectors. 

Sally is on the Wellbeing Committee representing the Northern Region and a trained Mental Health First Aider. 

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