Independent Examiner

‘Ask not what your Guild can do for you, rather what can you do for your Guild?’

For the past 8 years, the Guild has been honoured to have David Leafe perform the duties as Independent Examiner. This year David has indicated he wishes to resign from the post and has advised us to look for a replacement.

We are grateful to David for all his help and guidance over the previous years, which was extremely valuable especially when we were negotiating with the Diocese over the Phil Faulks Memorial Fund.

With David’s imminent retirement we need to identify a Guild member who might be willing to take over from him. Is this something you could help with, or do you know anyone you could nominate to help?

The Guild has receipts and payments accounts and the examiner should have financial awareness and numeracy skills and ideally have experience of the charity sector. It is not necessary to be an accountant to carry out this duty. The role is mainly carried out in February, when the annual accounts are prepared. It generally involves scrutinising, over a cup of coffee or perhaps a beer, the prepared accounts and associated paperwork/evidence with the Treasurer, Simon Rogers, to check for accuracy and challenge any findings.

The role is different from that of an auditor in that the independent examiner is only required to confirm whether any material matters of concern have come to their attention, whilst an auditor is required to provide an opinion on whether a charity’s accounts give a ‘true and fair view’. <;p> p>

If you think you can help, or know someone who can, please contact .

More details on the role of the Independent Examiner can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-examination-of-charity-accounts-examiners-cc32