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John Chastney

John is ACAT’s Chairman. He was a professional trainer and lecturer for some years before becoming the partner responsible for several charity clients of an international firm.  

He now provides advice in accounting, scrutiny, governance and internal control to a small number of charities, large and small.  He has spearheaded the development of an exemplar for Methodist entities that prepare accruals-based accounts and reports that need to comply with both the terms and the spirit of SORP2015 under both FRSSE and FRS102.

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Robert Meakin

Robert has over 30 years’ experience of advising charities. Robert is an ex Charity Commission lawyer who holds a PhD in charity law and is the author of “The Law of Charitable Status: Maintenance and Removal”.
Although Robert advises a variety of charities, he has a particular interest in faith charities and is a trustee of three faith charities including ACAT.
Robert holds an LLM in Canon Law (Distinction) from Cardiff University and offers charity and canon law advice to religious charities.

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Cyril Wood

One of ACAT’s founding trustees, Cyril served as Chairman between 2004 and 2012.

A qualified accountant, previously employed as a senior manager within the finance department in the Diocese of Westminster, he is still heavily involved with the charity sector as well as being an active member of his local Roman Catholic church.

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Greyham Dawes

Greyham is a chartered accountant, recently retired after more than two decades as a technical director of leading charity-auditing firm Crowe UK, advising charity clients & (pro bono) the sector more generally.

Prior to that he worked at the Charity Commission as head of accountancy policy, developing the world-leading regulatory regime for charity financial reporting.

He is also a member of the Diocesan Accounts Group.

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Trevor James

Trevor was previously head of the charity unit in a firm of Chartered Accountants & Vice Chairman of The institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales Charity & Voluntary Sector Group.

He’s on several charity sector committees & working parties. Adviser to charities & churches, and trustee of eleven charities including several Christian organisations. Trevor is an Elder in an independent evangelical church.

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Roger Pinchbeck

Roger is a chartered accountant. Most recently, he has retired from being employed by the Church of England as Deputy Diocesan Secretary in Sheffield. However he continues to support local churches in his area using his accountancy skills.

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Catherine Beech

Catherine qualified as an accountant in Government, and has spent much of her career working as an insurance regulator.

She has served as treasurer of both Baptist and Anglican Churches. She recently retired and moved from Croydon to Ledbury, Herefordshire.

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Ursula Fuller

Ursula has worked as a tax inspector and as a university lecturer.

She is now an associate tutor at Woodbrooke College, running courses for Quaker treasurers and trustees. She is a member of the central body within Quakers in Britain responsible for ensuring compliance of all Quaker meetings with the requirements of regulatory bodies and providing support and guidance for trustees and treasurers.

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Errol Vassell

Errol is a chartered environmental health officer with over 30 years’ experience working as a health and safety and food safety authorised officer with local authorities and as a consultant to private companies. He is the founder of Vassell Training Services LLP, a training organisation which provides a wide range of health and safety courses to national charities, local authorities, residential care homes and other businesses.

Errol also serves as a trustee and general secretary of Assemblies of the First Born UK an independent pentecostal church with fourteen branches throughout the UK and three associated branches in the USA.