Press Release - draft
September XX 2008

New national charities group launches

A SPECIALIST charities group has been launched by a nationwide accountancy organisation to pool
industry expertise and influence development in the not-for-profit sector.

The Specialist Charities Group has been launched by CharterGroup, a network of quality independent
accountancy practices across the UK. There are currently 55 firms within the group, operating from more
than 100 locations and with a combined fee income of more than £165 million.

It was formed for accountancy practices which specialise in the charity and not-for-profit sector to discuss
topical issues and share experiences.

The Specialist Charities Group also aims to influence audit and accounting development in the sector,
whilst at the same time marketing its expertise and services to charity organisations.

Gary Corbett, chief executive of CharterGroup, said: “In bringing this group together we are able to offer a
specialist service to the charity sector at a local and national level, serving the needs of all charities
irrespective of size.”

Ian Brookman, from Ensors, Ipswich, and Jane Marshall, from Sheffield-based Barber Harrison & Platt,
are the co-chairs of the Specialist Charities Group.

More than 40 delegates from the member firms attended the launch event at the Arden Hotel, Solihull,
which saw several guest speakers give presentations on various accounting issues affecting the charity

Ray Jones, head of accountancy policy at the Charity Commission, led a discussion on the development
of the Statement of Recommended Practice ‘Accounting and Reporting by Charities’. Keith Hickey, chief
executive of the Charity Finance Director’s Group, talked about the implications of the current financial
climate on charities and also accountability and transparency within charities. While Jill Reid, strategic
and risk manager at WRVS, also spoke on charities and fraud and how charities can often be an easy
target for fraudsters.
Philip Griffiths, from Mitchell Charlesworth, one of the founding members of The Specialist Charities
Group, added: “Mitchell Charlesworth, like all the members of The Specialist Charities Group, is
committed to developing the charity and not-for profit sector across the country. Together we aim to
provide the solutions and improve service delivery to help charity organisations make the best use of their
resources which will ultimately benefit the people and communities they serve.”

The current members of the group are:
Jackie Saunders, Allotts, Rotherham; Gary Jackson, Arram Berlyn Gardner, London; Alan Marr, Bain
Henry Reid, Aberdeen; Chris Stephen-Haynes, Bloomer Heaven, Birmingham; Barry Sennett, Bronsens,
Oxford; Sarah Case, Broomfield & Alexander, Cardiff; Stephen Askew, Burns Waring, Canterbury; Paul
Calvert, Calvert Dawson, Cleckheaton; David Belbin, Clemence Hoar Cummings, Romford; Daniel Reid,
Donald Reid & Co, Maidenhead; Helen Thomas, Dyke Yaxley, Shrewsbury; Richard Cook, Harwood Lane
& Co, Bristol; Mark Schofield, Haworths, Accrington; Jandy Stevenson, Henderson Loggie, Dundee;
Graham Saunders, Keens Shay Keens, Luton; Philip Griffiths, Mitchell Charlesworth, Liverpool; Christine
Wilson, Moore and Smalley, Preston; Mark Bullock, Murphy Salisbury, Stratford upon Avon; Trevor
Lodge, Robertshaw & Myers, Skipton; John Coombs, Simpkins Edwards, Exeter; John Oswald,
Stephenson Coates, Newcastle upon Tyne; Gary Moss, Sterlings Ltd, London; Richard Sims, Turner and
Smith, Leicestershire.


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Notes to editors:
Mitchell Charlesworth is a North West firm of Chartered Accountants and business advisors with offices in
Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington, Chester and Widnes. It has 16 partners and over 160 staff. The firm is
listed in the UK’s top 60 firms guide published by Accountancy Age magazine. More information can be
found at

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