Bev was appointed to lead our financial management after conversion. Her expertise has ensured an exemplary audit record for the Trust, and a healthy reserve. She is now taking on responsibility for networking with business, specifically with the growth of the Trust in mind. Bev is an Hons degree graduate from London University in Biological Sciences (2:!), a Qualified Chartered Accountant and a Qualified Chartered Tax Advisor
Bev has over 30 years’ experience of working in the accountancy profession at two of the largest accountancy firms in the UK – Ernst and Young and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Her work here included:
Working as an auditor on a large variety of clients from entrepreneurs to consolidated multinational companies.
Leading an entrepreneurial team of tax experts advising companies on all corporation tax matters and dealing with HMRC on client’s behalf
Dealt with all aspects of setting budgets and billing clients, including monitoring recording and analysing budgets –v- actuals.
Extremely experienced in communications – writing reports and letters, meetings.
Very experienced manager of staff in appraisal, training and development, and leading and organising teams of staff.
As part of The Blue Coat School/The Cranmer Education Trust Bev’s experience to date includes:
Leading a team of 6 finance staff at The Blue Coat School/ Trust Head Office.
Business manager for the Teaching School Alliance – setting and monitoring budgets, analysing of grant funding and its audit by fund providers and auditors.
Involved in the financial aspects of applications for grant funding and the business case for The Blue Coat School application to become a SCITT.
Preparing statutory accounts for the Trust including this year consolidated accounts for the Trust and its two primaries.
Working with internal and external auditors –3 years of clean audit reports.
Role as School Forum representative for Academies in relation to local decisions on School Block funding.
Keeping Senior Leadership abreast of funding climate changes and reporting regularly to Trustees, Governors and staff on the financial position of the Trust.