The charities and not-for-profit team at accountants and business advisers UNW (Newcastle, United Kingdom) has been further strengthened with the recruitment of Anne Hallowell.
Anne joins the expanding firm as a senior manager after spending more than two decades developing a charity specialism in private practice and within the third sector.
She joins UNW from the North of England Civic Trust where she spent seven years with responsibility for all financial and governance matters internally.
She also provided advice to other charities and community groups on governance, grant funding and management, mainly within the heritage sector, sitting on the board of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts, the national umbrella body for the building preservation trust movement.
Before that, Hallowell spent 16 years at PwC, training in Leeds and moving to Newcastle in 1998, where she developed a charity specialism not only on North East clients but as part of the firm’s National Charity team based in London. She was amongst the first in the UK to gain the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting.
Hallowell said: “I am very pleased to have joined UNW as I know several of the partners from my PwC days.
“In the current climate, charities need good business advice, not just auditing, so I will be looking at how we can provide some of these additional services and add value with the experience I have gained working in a charity.”
UNW partner Charles Linaker said: “We are delighted that someone of Anne’s proven expertise has chosen to join us. Over the last few years we have steadily expanded the number of charities for whom we act and the range of work that we undertake. Apart from audit, recent charity assignments have involved our specialists in VAT, employment taxes, business improvement consultancy and corporate finance.”
UNW’s charity clients include Durham Cathedral, Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance and Newcastle Diocesan Education Board, Durham Diocesan Board of Finance, Northern Rock Foundation, The People’s Kitchen and a number of academies, including William Howard in Brampton.
UNW holds free charity briefings at its Citygate offices and Anne Hallowell will be speaking at the next one on Thursday, October 10 on the topic of “A question of balance – managing the finance function”.