Finance, Finance & law

The Charity Accountants' Conference: 19-20 September

The annual residential event for charity finance professionals, now in its 28th year.

Thursday 19 – Friday 20 September 2019, Nottingham

This is your opportunity to keep abreast of all the latest developments in the charity finance world.

As usual the programme includes a mix of tax and regulatory updates, sessions focussed on areas of responsibility often added to the Finance Director’s role (such as legal, employment and governance matters), strategic financial thinking and opportunities for personal development.

This year we have an over-arching theme on the role that meaningful financial information can play in reinforcing public trust in charities. This will be the theme of our opening plenary from Kate Lee of CLIC Sargent as well as a panel discussion on day two.

It is also your chance to network with other financial professionals in a friendly and informal environment.

Plus, enjoy evening entertainment from Pat Cahill.

From winning Chortle Best Newcomer and Hackney Empire New Act Awards in 2012, Pat Cahill has gone on to become a perennially daft presence on the alternative comedy scene in the UK and internationally. His own style of “controlled silliness” (Fest mag) has led him to appearances on Dave’s One Night Stand, Sky Arts, BBC3, BBC Radio 1, 4 (The Now Show) and 4 Extra. As well as two national tour support slots for Ardal O’Hanlon and Nina Conti, Pat has written and performed 4 critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival solo shows, and appeared internationally in Belgium, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Peterborough.


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For two days, we’ll focus on the following themes:

The essentials

  • Charity tax made simple
  • Introduction to SORP
  • VAT update
  • Gift Aid update
  • Investments made simple
  • Getting the most from your accounting system

Legal & governance

  • Introduction to charity law & update on recent developments
  • Making the treasurer/FD relationship work
  • Focus on charity governance
  • Employment law
  • Charity Governance Code – how do you shape up?
  • Data protection

Finance Director’s role in …

  • Providing assurance on management of risk
  • IT project management
  • Facilitating an efficient audit process
  • Getting your accounts to tell the story
  • Helping all staff understand finance
  • Minimising fraud

Personal development

  • Tools and techniques for creative problem solving
  • Manager as coach
  • Top tips for presenting with Impact
  • Integrity In leadership
  • Time management
  • Wellbeing

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Find out more about the exhibitors coming to Nottingham in September.



One Day: 

£350 Charities

£500 Commercial

Non-residential: enjoy the full two-day experience without staying over

£550 Charities

£900 Commercial

Residential: escape the office for a full 48 hours to combine work and play

Includes hotel accommodation, three-course meal and entertainment on Thursday 19 September

£650 Charities;

£1050 Commercial;

Contact our friendly team for exhibition or sponsorship enquiries or general enquiries.

Residential Early Bird has now closed

* Please note that when choosing your sessions for both days, the price automatically defaults to the residential price of £650 charity rate.


Want to book a room for Wednesday 18 September?

  • Please contact Nottingham Crowne Plaza directly to make your booking on 0115 936 9933 and explain that you are attending the Charity Accountant’s Conference (19 -20 September) organised by DSC.
  • Accommodation will cost £100 ( a lower offer for delegates attending this conference). Please note that you will need to pre-pay at the time of booking. There will be no refunds available should you wish to cancel your booking at a later date.
  • Please note that this offer is only available until Monday 29 July.


In partnership with Sayer Vincent

Sayer Vincent – Sayer Vincent is an audit and advisory firm with a social purpose. Established over 30 years ago, we provide a full range of audit, assurance, tax and consultancy services targeted exclusively at charities and other social purpose organisations. We are proud of this exclusive focus. It means that all our staff and partners have made a clear commitment to wanting to work with the sector and to deliver our objective of supporting social purpose organisations to be more effective at delivering their social impact. We measure our success on how effectively we achieve that objective. Find out more about our services at:

This is a partnership event with Sayer Vincent – please find their privacy policy here.

Important: When booking, please be aware that due to system set up, Band A & B apply to Charities rate, and Band C applies to Commercial rate.

Conference schedule

Please choose one session per time slot.

Day one19 Sep 2019
Charity tax made simple11:15 — 12:45
Introduction to charity law & update on recent developments11:15 — 12:45
Providing assurance on management of risk11:15 — 12:45
Tools and techniques for creative problem solving11:15 — 12:45
Introduction to SORP14:00 — 15:30
Making the Treasurer and Finance Director’s relationship work14:00 — 15:30
IT project management14:00 — 15:30
Manager as coach14:00 — 15:30
VAT update16:00 — 17:30
Focus on charity governance16:00 — 17:30
Facilitating an efficient audit process16:00 — 17:30
Top tips for presenting with Impact16:00 — 17:30
Day two20 Sep 2019
Gift Aid update09:30 — 11:00
Employment law09:30 — 11:00
Getting your accounts to tell the story09:30 — 11:00
Integrity In leadership09:30 — 11:00
Investments made simple11:15 — 12:45
Charity Governance Code - how do you shape up?11:15 — 12:45
Helping all staff understand finance11:15 — 12:45
Time management11:15 — 12:45
Getting the most from your accounting system14:30 — 16:00
Data protection14:30 — 16:00
Minimising fraud14:30 — 16:00
Wellbeing14:30 — 16:00

Booking options

Band A

Band A

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000.
Choose days first
Band B

Band B

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of over £500,000.
Choose days first
Band C

Band C

Statutory and commercial organisations.
Choose days first
Date Band A

Band A

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000.
Band B

Band B

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of over £500,000.
Band C

Band C

Statutory and commercial organisations.
19 Sep 2019£350.00£350.00£500.00
20 Sep 2019£350.00£350.00£500.00
All days£650.00£650.00£1,050.00

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