Go Back “MANAGING RISK” 2017 Annual Conferences & AGM

 ACAT were delighted to welcome the following speakers: -

Stephen Mathews

Stephen is Head of Accountancy and Consultancy Services at Stewardship and has spent over 25 years in the accountancy profession. Stephen manages the team that provide the Accounts Examination and Consulting services. He is a trustee for a number of small Christian charities and has been involved in various church leadership roles over 20 years.  

Robert Meakin

Robert has over 25 years’ experience of advising charities. He holds a PhD in charity law and is the author of “The Law of Charitable Status: Maintenance and Removal”.  Although Robert advises a variety of charities he has a particular interest in faith charities and is a trustee of four faith charities including ACAT and his local diocese. Robert has been awarded an LLM in Canon Law (Distinction) from Cardiff University

Steve Carroll

Steve has worked for HMRC for over 30 years having worked within the Charity Division for the last 8 years.  His current role includes the Donor Education programme, which has been rolled out to the major platforms offering on-line donations. Working within the Outreach Team, he is responsible for all presentations that are delivered to UK charities.

David Edwards

David is Managing Director of Edwards Insurance Brokers, Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Chartered Insurance Broker.  He enjoys visiting churches and charities throughout the UK, advising on their insurance requirements and how to manage risk.  David also finds time to be company secretary of a local charity working with elderly and vulnerable adults.

Andrew Adams

Andrew Adams is an Analyst: Ethical and Responsible Investment at CCLA Investment Management. Andrew focuses upon delivering company engagement programmes for CCLA’s clients. He specialises in working with charities from the Christian faith and his recent work has concentrated upon climate change and modern slavery. Andrew came to work at CCLA in 2012 after a yearlong internship in the charity sector. Andrew is currently studying for a Masters in Economy, Risk and Society at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is also involved in establishing The Natasha’s Project, a group focused on raising awareness of modern day slavery and human trafficking.

Our Conferences this year were kindly sponsored by CCLA who manage investments for charities, religious organisations and the public sector. We are grateful for their support. Please visit www.ccla.co.uk to find out more about their work.

On Saturday 14 October and Wednesday 15 Novenber we held our Annual Conferences in London and Leeds. Delegates enjoyed a full day of presentations, spent time engaging with our exhibitors during the breaks, and had free access to chat with the ACAT Trustees. The opportunity to meet fellow treasurers was also mentioned by many as a bonus. The feedback we have received has been extremely positive and work is already underway to plan for next year’s training events and conferences .

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As is custom at our conferences we have invited several companies and organisations, some of these also generously sponsored this event.

Sponsors & Exhibitors 

Nick Donaldson

Nick studied modern languages and then Christian theology at university.  He joined the Charity Commission in 2007 as a member of the Large Charities Division, working in particular with large faith-based and international charities.  He became an intelligence analyst in 2011, supporting the Commission’s investigative work, before becoming manager of the Outreach team in October 2012, speaking on a variety of different topics, including trustee duties and practical advice for faith-based, international and educational charities.  He was appointed as Head of Faith Charities Engagement in January 2017.

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