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Ashley Ellis

Ashley is responsible for the operational management and development of ACAT.  He brings to this role a wealth of experience in supporting the financial administration of the church.  Ashley has a background in accountancy and latterly held the post of Joint Diocesan Secretary of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.  

In his spare time, Ashley plays golf, enjoys watching most sports and travelling – especially to Florida.

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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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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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Immanuel Kemp

Immanuel is a risk and safety management consultant with the consultancy firm Arthur D. Little. He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he met and married Julia prior to settling down in the area.

In his day job he works with clients across a range of sectors, primarily in rail transport and the oil and gas industry, specialising in risk modelling and assessment and safety management.

He has been treasurer of Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge since 2015, and has been an ACAT trainer since 2017, delivering general treasurer training as well as more specialised risk and safety courses. He holds a Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting with the AAT.

In his spare time he enjoys baking, ballroom dancing, occasionally standing in a supermarket foyer with a charity tin, attempting to learn German, and trying to self-teach his way to the Level 3 AAT qualification.

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Malcolm Edge

Malcolm has worked for churches and charities (paid and voluntary) since his 20s and became an accounting technician (FMAAT) to consolidate his working knowledge.

He currently works for the Baptist Missionary Society specialising in payroll and pensions, as well as being a governor of a primary school academy, focusing on the finances.

He previously worked for two Anglican dioceses in their finance departments.

He is treasurer of a small Baptist congregation, whilst keeping abreast of other churches issues through involvement with the local Churches Together plus an invaluable “Church Times” subscription!

He is married with two grown up daughters.

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Andrew Rainsford

Andrew was one of the “gang of four” who envisaged ACAT after a seminar delivered for large parishes in the Church in Wales.

As well as working in a Welsh Diocese he has worked in two Dioceses of the Church of England and has been on the pulpit supplies list for the Presbyterian Church in Wales. He has a wealth of knowledge on income generation for churches. In addition to his church experience, he has led the external funding team for a local authority and run an EU regeneration project, among many other high profile projects.

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Andrew Burgess

Andrew spent over 40 years working in tax. He was a tax inspector for 13 years and was in charge of a special investigation unit. He joined a large international accounting practice in 1984. He was co-author of Tolleys Charities manual for 20 years and has written a number of other books on charity tax.

He left practice in 2003 and worked for 11 years as a lecturer for a training company providing CPE training for accountants all over the UK. In retirement he has been treasurer of his local Baptist church in Northamptonshire and is chairman of the Baptist Building Fund. He has also served on the F & A Committee of the Baptist Union.

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Pauline Montague

Pauline became her church treasurer in 2003 and subsequently took early retirement from industry (management accountant with a local packaging company) to concentrate on assisting other local churches with their accounts.

She is now also a tutor with ACAT.  Professionally qualified (FCCA) and enjoys helping members with their problems on courses.

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Robert Scott-Biggs

Robert is a founder member of ACAT, one of our former trustees as well as being a member of our training team. He is a strong believer in the importance of the role of treasurers and their place in supporting the ministry of the Church. He also firmly believes that that ordained ministers should have a good understanding of the financial issues with which the Church is required to engage.
A Chartered Company Secretary with an M.A. in Theology from Durham University, Robert’s 40 year career has spanned the banking, construction and higher education sectors, including consultancy specialising in change-management and the implementation of risk management strategies
In his spare time, Robert enjoys watching National League football, walking in the countryside and he’s also a fan of traditional gospel blues music.