Hilary Seaward

I’m a freelance chartered accountant based in Cambridge, working primarily with charities over the last 20 odd years. I’ve worked for organisations in the arts, but also for development and local charities. As well as stints in Arts Council East, the National Theatre and the Arts Marketing Association, my clients have included orchestras and musicians (Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, Chamber Studio, Cambridge Music Festival); visual artists (Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination); performance artists (Metis Arts, Artichoke); important local charities (John Huntingdon’s Charity; Bush and Bennet Charity) and development charities (Jeanne Stephens Foundation, Medical Support in Romania). I’ve been doing some training on good governance with Taylor Vinter’s in Cambridge and London; and I’m about to lead a master class for ACEVO on ‘understanding the numbers’.

In 2013 I won the inaugural Adrian Randall prize which gave me the opportunity to begin to research something which has puzzled me for a long time. How do you present management accounts so all trustees can read and understand them?


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