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What is the Potential Impact of Brexit on the Charitable and Third Sector?

With time running out, there are still so many unanswered questions: • Will article 50 be extended? • Or will we leave Europe on March 29th • Will we get a deal? Will it be hard or soft? • Will there be a general election or a new referendum? • What does it all mean? One thing for sure, is that 2019 will be unlike anything we have ever seen before and with only weeks to go, no-one seemingly knows what is going to happen. As well as the impact of whatever road we end up going down. The talk is the media is generally about house prices, the economy, inflation, will organisations leave the UK, trade deals etc. with little agreement. “Leavers” are optimistic that Britain will be stronger and grow and “Remainers” (like me!) are certain that the next steps will only result in doom and gloom. So, with so much uncertainty, what can all this mean for the charity and third sector? As we know the truth is no-one knows. And all this for a sector that already must contend with uncertainty, tight controls on resources and finances, very limited funding opportunities and very tight budgets. And what about the service users and causes that are reliant on them? I know I am being asked a lot by senior Leaders within the sector about what other charities are saying and doing about BREXIT. We have also been asked to recruit for a brand-new role such as “Brexit FP & A Analyst” and “BREXIT Advisor” for our charity and NFP Clients. Some international charities have said they are opening offices in Europe specifically because of BREXIT especially those who receive EU funding. Charity Finance Group (CFGT) claim a Brexit, which would see the UK leave the single market and customs union, poses less risk for charities that other options because it gives the government the flexibility to reform tax rules that have been holding back the sector. Others do not agree or question if the government will act quickly enough with so much else to do or do enough to make any real difference. ​ Redbrick Research spoke to experts on the topic including from CFG, NCVO, Latitude Law and Taylor Vincent who spoke about what they felt the “Big Issues” are. The big issues: 1. Workforce Changes in immigration policies may affect both the workforce and their volunteers for charities. Between June 2016 and June 2017, while the charity sector workforce grew, the member or European staff fell by 20%. We do not know what caused this and if any uncertainty about status to work in UK played any part in this, but it will surely be likely that BREXIT may make things more challenging for those with European employees? 2. Economic uncertainty Will the pound lose its value overseas? Will charities be able to buy less overseas and therefore have to offer less for the same budget to its benefices? How will economic uncertainty affect giving? Surely it will if we do fall on tougher times? If leisure time decreases because people are working more, will that affect the supply of volunteers many charities are so reliant on? 3. Funding As mentioned above the biggest conversation I am having now is about EU funding, donors and grant providers. Many within the charity sector receive funding directly from EU institutions. Without a deal to continue this or replace it from national funds, charities will have a shortfall and may need to reduce services. There are various estimates for the financial impact – well over £300 million per year according to NCVO. 4. Partnerships How will BREXIT affect Partnerships charities have built with similar EU organisations? The international aid sector is a good example, and one where UK charities are recognised experts. There is now doubt over whether and how these relationships continue, as the UK moves away from the EU, legally and perhaps, culturally. 5. New Rules As legalisation and rules change, will this allow for the opportunity to develop new rules to help charities? There are some areas where Brexit that, if managed well, could support the sector. For example, changes to the state aid, procurement rules, and VAT legislation could improve the environment for charities,” says Bradshaw. However, she concludes “that there is a high risk that the government will not use Brexit to support the work of the charity sector based on current policy statements. This means that charities will be left with all of the costs of Brexit and with none of the opportunities that could be created through the Brexit process.” Caron Bradshaw, CEO, CFG. The biggest impact may be the destabilising effect of uncertainty says Sir John Low, from the Charities Aid Foundation. And uncertainty creates worry and nerves. Which is where we all are right now! And with May losing today a vote designed to reaffirm her decision to go back to Brussels and reach a new agreement. It’s not legally binding but Sky News claims it will put her in an even more difficult position during negotiations. We do not know what the effects may be – positive or negative and there will probably be both to some degree. One thing for sure is this is going to be a year like no other in so many ways. To find out what our clients and candidates are saying to us or to discuss the trends in recruitment within the Charity sector, call Claire Stradling who heads up our Charities and Not for Profit team. Her team recruit in the following areas – Executive, Finance, HR and Marketing.


Charity Times - 16/02/2019

GOVERNANCE Reform of accounting rules urged Charity representative bodies are urging reforms to the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) in their responses to a consultation on how to reform the process. NCVO said it could “see good arguments” that the SORP committee’s membership “would benefit from a wider range of stakeholders” and the Directory of Social Change (DSC) also said the committee should incorporate “diverse stakeholders beyond the accounting profession.” The Association for Charitable Foundations observed: “We recommend a better balance on the advisory board between those who prepare accounts and those who read them, in particular there should be greater representation of charitable foundations.” But the Charity Finance Group has said it believed planned reform could create an administrative burden for charities, and noted that an extension of the remit o f SORP t o cover a much wider range of metrics and measurements "would distort its primary purpose" and “increase costs in meeting these additional requirements." Civil Society Opinion: care needed in charity law revisions Writing in The Scotsman, Dentons partner Alexis Graham argues that the sweeping changes to charity law currently being consulted on by the Scottish Government need to take into account their potential effect on trustees. The plan to put further emphasis on increasing transparency, accountability and trust is in response to recent scandals both in the UK and overseas. But this also means more paperwork for charities and unwelcome exposure for some trustees. Under the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator’s proposals, it will get explicit power to publish annual reports and accounts of all charities in full – not just those with an income of at least £25,000, as is currently the case. The plans will also include a new register of trustees, available in a reduced version for public use. However, concerns have been raised about the disclosure of trustees’ names, which potentially discourages people from entering and supporting the sector at a time when many charities in need of good board level representation. The Scotsman Charity placed ‘undue pressure on donors’ A probe into the International Liberty Association has concluded that it placed “undue pressure” on donors to give as much as £11,000. The Fundraising Regulator said the charity was identified “because of the seriousness of the concerns." From April, the regulator will routinely name charities once it has finished its investigations. Fundraising Regulator CEO Gerald Oppenheim said: “The fundraising practices of ILA clearly contravene the Code of Fundraising Practice and represents a risk to donors as well as the organisation itself. We were particularly concerned about the methods used by fundraisers and lack of oversight from trustees." ILA aims to promote respect for human rights in the Middle East. Civil Society Housing charity gets official warning An official warning has been handed down by the regulator to a trustee of a Birmingham-based social housing charity due to a breach of trust and legal duties. Expectations (UK) has been subject to a regulatory compliance case since August 2017 due to concerns about its governance and the viability of the charity. The Charity Commission said the warning comes after trustee Marc Blanchette failed to cooperate with it and didn’t comply with two formal ‘Action Plans’ previously issued. Tracy Howarth, Head of Regulatory Compliance at the Charity Commission said: “The warning should serve as a reminder to all charity trustees that their work is of high importance, and that they will be held to account for compliance with their legal duties and regulatory advice.” 24 Housing Third Sector GOV.UK Inquiry launched into education charity The Charity Commission has opened an inquiry into the Albayan Education Foundation charity, which failed to file a serious incident report after receiving critical reports from education watchdog Ofsted. The charity had also been issued with statutory notices by the Department for Education, which the Commission said should have triggered the trustees to file a serious incident report. The Commission said previously that it had engaged with the charity and had issued trustees with an action plan. Civil Society Birmingham Mail Thousands miss deadline to file with regulator Around 6,700 charities have missed deadline to file their annual accounts or annual return with the Charity Commission. Last year, 7,198 charities missed the January 31st deadline. Civil Society FUNDRAISING Swiftaid will boost contactless Gift Aid donations Swiftaid , a service automating the collection of Gift Aid from contactless donations, has launched. Charities need to set up an account with Swiftaid and assign it as a Gift Aid nominee with HMRC so it can claim Gift Aid on their behalf. Professor Steve Schneider, Director of the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security at the University of Surrey, who is helping to validate the technology, said: “It’s a great opportunity for the charity sector to take full advantage of this new technology in this fast-moving digital age, and we believe that the intuitive nature of Swiftaid will make electronic Gift Aid donations seamless for the user.” UKFundraising Planned donation feature for Instagram Facebook has said it would introduce a donation sticker in Instagram Stories later this year to enable users to support non-profits through the app. The Stories feature lets people post video or images for 24 hours before they disappear. UKFundraising Charity Times Third Force News Civil Society RETAIL Charity launches new ‘premium’ concept store Cancer Research UK is launching a boutique concept store in London’s fashionable Marylebone area. The outlet will feature stylish fashion and homeware products "in a relaxed and contemporary space." Julie Byard, director of trading at Cancer Research UK said: “Whether commercial or charity, retailers shouldn’t stand still . . . Our aim is to create a contemporary space that cohesively showcases our high-end products and appeals to aspirational, fashion-forward shoppers. We’re excited to unlock the joys of charity shopping for a new audience, whilst still appealing to our existing supporters." Charity Today Charity shop warning on no-deal Brexit The Charity Retail Association is warning of the consequences for charity shops of a no-deal Brexit. Concerns have been raised by members in the wake of a government proposal to replace the CE marking on products with a UK-only equivalent. The association wants business secretary Greg Clark to protect the sector by ensuring that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, any items in stock in charity shops on March 29th aren't required to change their CE labels to bespoke UK labels; and also by guaranteeing that secondhand goods can continue to be sold in perpetuity by charity shops, even if they only have a CE label. UKFundraising Third Sector Civil Society WORKFORCE Charities urged to act on bullying The Guardian’s Lynne Wallis looks at concerns over bullying in the third sector. Neil Thomas, an employment lawyer at Thomas Mansfield solicitors, says: “A lot of cases I have handled over the last few years for charity employees seem to have involved some sort of bullying.” Siobhan Endean of the union Unite says the current economic environment means charity workers are working longer hours, often in precarious situations, adding: “This, combined with a lack of training for managers and a lack of clear employment legislation around dignity at work, has led to the increase in bullying in the workplace.” Ms Wallis notes that the Charity Commission last year published revisions to its 2017 safeguarding strategy, which now gives specific guidance on protecting volunteers and staff, while a new code of ethics from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations encourages chariti es to review their practices concerning dignity at work and safe employment practices. The Guardian Charity is sickened by £10,000 loss A Suffolk charity that lost £10,000 to scammers is warning others in the sector to be vigilant when making online payments. The Bridge Project, which has been helping disadvantaged adults in the Sudbury area for more than 20 years, believed it had paid a supplier - but it transpired that the supplier's email had been hacked by a fraudster. Charity chief Jo Searle said she felt “physically sick” when she learned of the crime and thinks it “very unlikely” they will see the money again. East Anglian Daily Times CAMPAIGNS Call for sanctions on social media firms that breach duty of care laws The NSPCC has published its blueprint for a statutory duty of care on social media firms to protect children. The charity wants new "duty of care" laws to be enforced by a regulator with powers to fine firms millions of pounds and sanction criminal investigations if they fail to prevent children being harmed online. Meanwhile, the Children’s Commissioner has said social media firms should face fines or be shut down if they fail to tackle so-called 'influencers' who lure children into gambling. Anne Longfield called for legislation to rein in the platforms responsible. The Daily Telegraph Daily Mail INTERNATIONAL Dogs teach humans to be better bosses Leader Dogs for the Blind 's executive training program makes use of dogs to teach company managers how to improve teamwork skills, clarify communication, build trust, undertake strategic planning, and use creative problem solving to become better bosses. Key to the success of the US non-profit’s program is the challenge of overcoming fear and handing over trust in partnership with a leader dog. USA Today


Introducing Pro-Marketing

In December 2017, I joined Pro-Recruitment Group’s highly respected charity and not for profit team to start a Marketing, Communications and Fundraising division to add to the existing recruitment offering of Finance, HR, Legal, Tax, and Executive Appointments. I am now delighted and excited to share, that 14 months on, I can officially introduce Pro-Marketing as the latest brand of the growing Pro-Recruitment Group family. So where did it all begin? Prior to joining Pro-Recruitment Group, I worked for a global recruitment agency where I specialised in permanent Marketing and Communications roles for a variety of sectors. I wanted to join a team where I could become more of a market specialist focusing on permanent, contract and interim hires in a market that would give me greater fulfilment. Being a regular fundraiser and participant in charity challenge events away from work meant that a move to recruit in the third sector was appealing and natural. Highlights so far! I have enjoyed starting a new division establishing some long-standing relationships with a wide range of organisations across the UK. Partnering with a variety of large international charities through to small start-ups has been exhilarating and each recruitment campaign has offered different challenges. My clients have included high-income, well-established organisations through to smaller more niche charities. It has been extremely rewarding introducing professionals equipped to fulfil each client’s requirements, for example start-ups have needed brand marketing to establish their online presence and larger organisations have needed PR expertise. It has been enjoyable working such varied marketing, communications and fundraising roles but as the workload got increasingly busy mid-way through 2018 it was quickly apparent that I could not manage it all alone and so Loren Von Sternberg did a wonderful job in finding Ethan Bresnett to come and support me. Ethan has already contributed greatly to the rapid growth of Pro-Marketing by leading many successful recruitment processes. Away from talent searching, I have had the great pleasure of being involved in the following: In September 2018 I was honoured to be invited to lead and present several evening sessions to many skilled charity events professionals at the illustrious Churchill War Rooms for the Special Events Forum on the topic of Career Development as well as participate in a panel Q&A. In December 2018, I took part in the London Santa Run in Victoria Park where, as part of a team, I completed a 10k run whilst modelling a Santa outfit to help Starlight Children’s Foundation. Focus for 2019 Ethan and I looking forward to widening our client base focusing on mid to senior level roles on a permanent, contract and interim basis. Please do get in touch with us to find out more about our exciting opportunities for 2019! 0207 269 6338 0207 269 6362


Charity Times - 05/02/2019

FUNDRAISING New alert service for charitable bequests HM Courts and Tribunals Service is to change its system for alerting charities when money has been left to them in someone’s will. An open letter has been sent by chief executive Susan Acland-Hood to all affected charities to announce the change. The service concludes the arrangement with Smee & Ford, which has provided a paid-for notification service to participating charities for a number of years. Representatives of ACEVO , NCVO , the Institute of Fundraising , Remember A Charity , and the Institute of Legacy Management are being invited to join a working group to consider the shape of a replacement service. Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, said: “It’s reassuring to see that Government recognises how important this service is for the charity sector, that new arrangements will be drawn up and that the charity sector will have a key part in that. But next steps here will be critical." Civil Society UKFundraising ‘No formal assessment’ of Local Charities Day Civil Society reports that a Freedom of Information request reveals that the government has spent no money on Local Charities Day in the last two years and has carried out no “formal assessment” of the initiative. A total of £4,676 was spent in 2016, the event's first year - but since then, there has been no investment. The Office for Civil Society, part of the Department for Culture Media and Sport, which is responsible for the initiative, has also not carried out any formal assessment of how effective the campaign has been. Local Charities Day is designed to raise awareness of issues faced by local charities. Civil Society GOVERNANCE Regulator freezes bank account at health charity The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into a health charity and restricted its bank and fundraising platform transactions amid concerns about potential financial irregularities. London-based J.E.L.A Foundation was set up to help people in Haiti and those of Haitian descent living in the UK. The regulator identified a number of irregularities in the charity's accounts which raised serious concerns, including a discrepancy in excess of £200,000 between what was declared in the charity’s annual returns for the last five years, and the bank transactions carried out over the same period. Separately, the Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into The Bersam Trust "to look into concerns over potential misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the charity." The Salford based charity aims to provide children with a strictly orthodox Jewish religious e ducation and advance orthodox Jewish practice. Civil Society Manchester Evening News GOV.UK STRATEGY Free online evaluation tool for smaller charities A free online evaluation tool has been created to offer small and medium sized charities a simple and free way of measuring social impact. The I mpactasaurus - which doesn't require user training - can contribute to the creation of impact reports covering the entire organisation or specific areas of work, such as a single project, location or type of intervention. Dan Reynolds, founder of Impactasaurus, said: "Thanks to the 100+ charities which trialed Impactasaurus, with their feedback, we have been able to build a tool which solves the problems smaller charities face.” Charity Digital News A new free resource hub for charities The free to access Charity Excellence Framework , a digital toolkit aimed at improving charity performance, has launched a resource hub that is available to anyone in the third sector. Among its offerings, the hub identifies funding opportunities including donations platforms, as well as free goods and services for the sector, such as consulting, mentoring as well as IT and data analytics. A charity tax reliefs section is also included. Charity Digital News LEGAL Warning about unnecessary staff checks Rowenna Fielding, senior data protection lead at consultancy Protecture, has written for Charity Finance magazine about the risks around unnecessarily excessive screening checks on prospective employees. She warns about legal risks around accepting off-the-record additional information in references from previous employers and urges charities to be diligent when outsourcing the pre-employment vetting process. Civil Society DIGITAL £1m government fund for tech training Digital secretary Jeremy Wright has named the beneficiaries from the third sector which will received money from the £1m Digital Leadership Fund. Among those to receive funds are Guide Dogs for the Blind Association , Tech Trust , Age UK , and Cornwall Museums Partnership . The money is to be used to improve tech training in the sector. Charity Digital News PEOPLE Stuart Etherington to step down as NCVO chief Stuart Etherington is stepping down as chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations after 25 years in the role. NCVO’s membership grew from 400 to over 14,000 during his tenure. Peter Kellner, chair of NCVO, commenting on the qualities that NCVO will be wanting in Sir Stuart's replacement, said: “The interview panel will . . . be looking for someone with an unimpeachable track record of standing up for integrity and transparency, and a clear commitment to valuing and nurturing difference and diversity.” UKFundraising Civil Society GOSH hires new CEO Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity has hired Louise Parkes as its new chief executive. She replaces Tim Johnson, who has held the role since 2008 and is now joining fundraising consultancy More Partnership. Civil Society CAMPAIGNS Crack down on social media exploitation of children The NSPCC is demanding that the government introduce a robust new law for social networks as soon as possible, with the latest data from the Office for National Statistics showing that 9,543 crimes relating to child sex offenders exploiting the web and social media were recorded in the last year. The charity's #WildWestWeb campaign urges the establishment of an independent regulator with the power to investigate and fine social networks, with Des Mannion, head of NSPCC Cymru/Wales , noting: “Sites must be required to create safe accounts for children and take proactive steps to detect grooming so this behaviour can be disrupted before it escalates.” South Wales Argus Daily Mail Foster care faces ‘looming crisis’ The State of the Nation’s Foster Care report prepared by charity The Fostering Network, and seen by the Observer, warns of a “looming crisis” in foster care due to a lack of government funding and support. The charity found that almost half of carers would not recommend fostering to others, with nearly two-thirds feeling the allowances and expenses they can claim do not cover the full costs of looking after children, and just four in 10 feeling properly supported by their local authority. The charity’s chief executive, Ken Williams, said: “We are facing a continued increase in the numbers of children coming into care at a time when financial pressures and reduced budgets mean that local authorities are increasingly cash-strapped … That can only lead to a request for more services with less money.” The Observer Pressure mounts to repeal Vagrancy Act A number of charities and politicians have called for the Vagrancy Act, which criminalises homeless people for sleeping and begging on the street, to be repealed. Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat MP, says the law is “a cruel and outdated piece of legislation”, while Labour in December adopted its abolition as policy. Matt Downie, director of policy and external affairs at the charity Crisis, says the act is "not fit for purpose" as it represents "social attitudes 200 years out of date.” Jake Berry, a minister at the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “The Government do not believe that anyone should be criminalised for simply sleeping rough, but equally we should not rush to a wholesale repeal of the 1824 Act. The Independent Deaf customers left isolated as branches close According to the charity Action on Hearing Loss, people with reduced hearing are struggling to access their bank accounts as more branches close. Impaired hearing is a problem that disproportionately affects older customers, who often lack confidence with online banking as well. Deaf Direct, another charitable group, has called on banks to give staff more training on how to help customers with hearing loss. The Sunday Telegraph


Introducing Pro-Legal's Interim Team

Pro-Legal is pleased to announce a dedicated interim team, to dovetail with the existing permanent legal team. With our clients and candidates regularly asking for interim solutions and offerings, we have created a team with talented, experienced Legal consultants to serve your needs. The team will be focusing on a range of projects providing, experienced legal professionals as solutions for short to mid-term projects. There are many benefits to hiring an experienced Legal professional on an interim basis, such as completing a project on time for your clients, avoiding any apparent risks by providing you with a knowledgeable specialist, encouraging innovation and, ensuring quality control and standards are kept high, to compliment your leadership strategy. Pro-Legal’s Interim team contains over 18 years of experience, with your main contacts being Mark Bailey, Stacey Kerrigan and Claire Browne. Mark Bailey Mark has more than 10 years’ experience within interim Legal markets, covering public law, regulatory projects, data protection and IP matters, corporate and commercial law. He has partnered with clients to appoint Senior Solicitors and create teams with exceptionally talented individuals. Stacey Kerrigan Stacey has worked within the London legal field for over 4 years, specialising in the ever-buoyant interim market, assisting Magic and Silver Circle firms, US firms and West End firms. She is an expert in securing top talent for exciting opportunities that include: maternity covers, project based-heavy workloads and consultancy work. She has a great pool of available professionals to cover corporate, commercial, litigation and employment. Claire Browne Claire specialises in hiring qualified Solicitors and experienced Paralegals for not-for-profit bodies, regulatory organisations and regulatory bodies, alongside Mark. Her clients and candidates appreciate the skills she prides herself on most; her honesty, market knowledge and tenacity when sourcing and selecting talent for solutions. For more information about how our Interim team can help with your recruiting needs and interim legal jobs in London, please speak to Mark on 02072696365 or email


15 Best Reasons Why Tax Deadline Day Was Missed

Deadline day was done and dusted last week and whilst I’m sure most were done timely and without hinder, HMRC has released some of last year’s legitimate excuses as to why some didn’t quite make the cut off on the 31st. Take a look at this quick read and try not to laugh out loud! 1. My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me 2. I’m too short to reach the post box 3. I was just too busy – my first maid left, my second maid stole from me, and my third maid was very slow to learn 4. Our junior member of staff registered our client in Self Assessment by mistake because they were not wearing their glasses 5. My boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type 6. My tax papers were left in the shed and the rat ate them 7. I’m not a paperwork orientated person – I always relied on my sister to complete my returns but we have now fallen out 8. My accountant has been ill 9. My dog ate my tax return 10. I will be abroad on deadline day with no internet access so will be unable to file 11. My laptop broke, so did my washing machine 12. My niece had moved in – she made the house so untidy I could not find my log in details to complete my return online 13. My husband ran over my laptop 14. I had an argument with my wife and went to Italy for 5 years 15. I had a cold which took a long time to go It wasn’t just excuses for being late that raised the odd eyebrow; there were also a few questionable expenses claimed also. 1. A carpenter claiming £900 for a 55-inch TV and sound bar to help him price his jobs 2. £40 on extra woolly underwear, for 5 years 3. £756 for my pet dog insurance 4. A music subscription, so I can listen to music while I work 5. A family holiday to Nigeria For more information about this article, or to speak to Rebecca about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696320 or Source:


Challenges of moving sectors for HR Professionals - Solutions from Sheena Macdonald

Having spoken with candidates and clients over the past couple of weeks, one of the pervasive topics was the challenges of moving sector within HR. I wanted to get a better insight into this matter and so I asked for the advice of a few senior HR professionals who we work with, who have successfully navigated multiple sector moves within their extensive HR careers. It seems that on the candidate side, the concern tends to be that they feel ‘pigeonholed’ and must follow the work, rather than be able to work in a variety of sectors and diversify their experience. On the client side, the view may be that they want candidates who are able to hit the ground running, who understand the challenges of the sector, and despite having empathy for the candidate’s position, the clients have their business needs to consider. Here, I speak with Sheena Macdonald – previous Global Head of Talent Management at British Council, Current HR Interim/Consultant - to get her thoughts on how to best navigate a move in the HR sector. How have you managed to move sector effectively? Do you have useful tips for application or interview? Great questions. I’ve worked in retail, travel, mining, local government, charity/third sector & most recently a membership organisation. My top tip for those who want to diversify their experience (whether to have a wider range of future opportunities available or for learning and professional growth or both) is to use interim assignments to build your experience. I’ve found that, depending on how specialised the skills needed are, the employer’s criteria can be a bit different than with a perm role. If you are immediately available, have at least 75% of what they need, are willing to operate outside your comfort zone for the rest, and they perceive you to be a good fit for their culture & immediate team, there is a chance that you will be able to pick up interesting and different work. Having a mix of perm & contract assignments has helped me to broaden my experience, even though it would probably have been more psychologically comfortable and financially predictable to go for long term perm roles in the sector I started off in. Obviously, not everyone is able to leave the safety of a job to up and do this but if you are between roles, interim could be an option you wouldn’t normally consider. If so, your application and interview need to really sell the transferability of your skills, as you may be up against people already working in that sector, and employers are understandably inclined to minimise the perceived risk of things not working out, by sticking to what they know or what has worked in the past. What I have always done in this situation is pick out the aspects of my skills & experience which would not only be a strong fit for the role but could give me an advantage over people already in that sector. The obvious one is promoting commercial and business skills gained in the private sector, for public sector roles where other candidates may not be able to offer this. I've also tried to make full use of my network (Linkedin is helpful here) by talking to people I know (or even approaching connections of connections) about what it’s like to work in that organisation/sector, what advice they would give someone seeking to move into it, how could your kind of experience be an advantage etc. You just won’t know this unless you ask, as we all suffer from various stereotyped notions. Do you have any advice for candidates who feel ‘pigeonholed’? Make sure your CV/LinkedIn profile (including what you post about, like and share) highlights your transferable skills/experiences/credentials/interests so that you are not defined purely by the organisation or sector that you work in (and the preconceptions that may go with it). Go to events and meet people from other sectors, read widely so that you can ’talk the talk’ and genuinely know what the big issues are. It is hard to talk persuasively in an interview about the value you could bring to this new environment if all you have done is a little bit of research just beforehand. There is a stereotype that public to private sector movers would struggle to adapt to the pace of work and in turn, that private sector to public movers would feel frustrated with the red tape, bureaucracy and different nature of stakeholders. What is your experience of this? Sheena: Although there's some truth in these stereotypes, I have found them misleading. It depends on what kind of public or private sector organisation you find yourself in, at what stage in its development it is, under what kind of leadership, even how large it is. I have seen very bureaucratic private sector organisations and fast-paced, decisive public sector organisations. I would urge candidates to keep an open mind. If clients have a perception that a public sector candidate would struggle to adapt to the pace of their private sector organisation, there is a lot that a candidate can do to counter this, using examples which demonstrate pace and tangible outcomes, asking great business questions if interviewed What change would you like to see from a client perspective – whether it is what you’d like to see from potential employers or what you as an employer would like to see in a candidate wanting to move sectors? I've always seen a great temptation among hiring managers to use past sector/employer experience as a shorthand for how easily the candidate would ‘fit in’ and be effective. This is a form of unconscious bias that I fear legislation will never reach! A candidate seeking to move sectors will probably have to offer something compelling to overcome this. It could be (as mentioned above) immediate availability along with a strong if not perfect fit. It could be a very well-articulated case for why the skills they have are not only transferable but offer an advantage over the more familiar sector skill set. When announcing a new hire, a hiring manager will normally be expected to give some details about their professional background (the more senior, the more this is the case). A more risk-averse manager may, therefore, gravitate towards 'no-brainer' candidates whose past CV makes them appear a 100% safe bet, even if they don’t turn out to be. A smart manager (assuming they have a decent candidate field) will choose someone who can bring not only what’s needed but maybe something new. In this situation, the candidate could help them understand what this is - maybe even give them the language to express it. Then, of course, they must perform well and justify the relative risk that the hiring manager may have taken! A cross-sector hiring fail could reduce future confidence, and at worst, turn into an organisational cautionary tale - which will only make the situation worse. I hope the above has offered some guidance and reassurance to HR Professionals in this position, and perhaps offered a new perspective for employers. I look forward to sharing more insights in this series. For more information about this article, or to speak to Akhil about your recruiting needs or HR jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696350 or


60 Seconds with Carla Roberts - Head of Legal Services and WTT Legal Ltd.

Carla is the Director of Legal Services at WTT Legal Ltd. Carla is a dual qualified lawyer (US/UK) and has extensive experience in employment law, IR35 advice, commercial contracts, data protection and insurance law issues. Prior to joining WTT, Carla was Senior Legal Counsel at Alexander Mann Solutions Ltd., Head of Legal at Gattaca PLC and Compliance Manager at Capita Group PLC. What made you want to become a lawyer? My father was a lawyer, my brother was a lawyer, and I worked as a claims adjuster dealing with lawyers- so it just seemed a natural progression! What does WTT do well? We are viewed as trusted advisors to their contractors, many of whom are faced with difficult (and often life-changing) tax demands and issues. We established the action group “Big Group” which has provided contractors directly affected by HMRC’s legislative changes with a collaborative voice. What’s your favourite thing about working for WTT? WTT is a dynamic, forward-thinking organisation of professionals - this is a refreshing change from the usual corporate non-flexible model adapted by most large companies. What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to shape your career? I think I’ve been very lucky to have been able to mould my career around a few skills which are transferrable. I worked in the insurance sector for over 20 years but because I had compliance and legal qualifications, I was able to seek new career opportunities in entirely different sectors - i.e. recruitment and employment law. I therefore think that it is important not to focus entirely on one skill during your career – by diversifying you are able to have a much more interesting (and marketable) future. When is the right time to start building your network and how is best to achieve this? I still have connections from my first job as a claims adjuster in California- it’s never too early to network. Who has had the greatest influence on your career? When I moved to England from California in 1996, I wasn’t qualified to practice law here, so I accepted a job for a loss adjusting company. Whilst I was there my manager offered to subsidise the cost of the QLTT over a 3 year period (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test). As we were a young family with limited income, I would not have been able to afford that cost on my own. That opportunity therefore allowed me to qualify as a lawyer in the UK- I will always be grateful for that. What qualities do you look for in potential candidates hoping to join your team? Enthusiasm, intelligence and a desire to learn. What do you think will be some of the major changes to the legal profession in the future? The legal profession and its regulators have accepted that innovation and an entrepreneurial approach are essential for law firms to thrive in the future- the relatively new ABS model has allowed law firms to bring in non-lawyers and I think that this more open-minded approach will enhance the profession. How will flexible and agile working impact law firms in the future? Flexible working IS the way of the future and all law firms will need to adapt to remote working- it brings lots of benefits. The legal profession is very traditional and is probably one of the last to embrace this model, but it is happening. How can lawyers and firms ensure they are at the forefront of progress and innovation in the legal market? To remain at the forefront of progress and innovation in the legal market, you need to be able to take risk - you need to grasp new ideas and go for it. Otherwise, you simply get left behind as there is someone else who is willing to capitalise on a new idea! For more information about this article, or to speak to Nick about your recruiting needs or Legal jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696328 or


CMA and Kingman review: Where are we now?

Following on from my recent article, The Big Four: Are the auditors ready to be audited? , the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are working through their report, and Sir John Kingman has started to release his initial thoughts and findings. This has prompted the initial response from the Big 4 and several challenger firms. Here we will consolidate that information to give us a picture of where we are to date and how this will define the audit market for years to come. The ICAEW have told the Competition and Markets Authority that they feel the current approaches to audit change are solving the wrong problem and will not solve the problems of corporate accountability. The ICAEW suggests that the proposed “ring fencing” of the big fours audit offerings would create difficulties since the integrated multi-disciplinary firms operate to a single standard of professionalism and ethics, and work within a consistent professional culture across their firm’s work. They have suggested the focus should be on strengthening the firms’ culture to ensure that auditors maintain objectivity when conducting the audit. However, were the CMA to go down the separation route that the requirement should initially only apply to the big four. To extend it to the challenger firms would be likely to act as a significant disincentive to joining the FTSE 350 audit market. It is great to see some agreement from all of the big four on where we are to date and cohesion in their thoughts of how improvements can be implemented. Leaders for PWC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY have all admitted to MPs that the quality of their audit work needs to improve. Speaking at the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee’s inquiry into the future of audit in the UK. They have all agreed that a market share cap was a good idea but that other proposals would not help improve quality – namely joint audits or spinning off audit processes. Bill Michael, UK chairman of KPMG, broke ranks to say that separating the audit firms is the “right direction of travel” but not “an electrifying” ring fence. The challenger firms however are mixed in their thoughts. Grant Thornton CEO David Dunckley said that the CMA recommendations “as a package” could open the barriers to entry for challenger firms auditing the FTSE 350. Where the results will lead remains to be seen but all firms are reacting in a positive manner and looking to embrace the required change within the market. For more information about this article, or to speak to Callum about your recruiting needs or Finance jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696369 or


10 Things You Didn't Know About Hilary Anderson, Head of Recruitment at Metropolitan Housing Association

Hilary Anderson is the Head Of Recruitment at Metropolitan Housing Association. The Metropolitan Housing Association deliver care and support to customers with a wide range of needs, specialising in services for older people and for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities. We also deliver a wide range of shorter-term services which provide customers with intensive support. Find out more about Hilary in this 60-second read. What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to become a Head of Recruitment? Don’t wait to be asked, if you see something could be improved be brave and put your ideas forward It takes time and can be uncomfortable at times but, create your networks, you can have the best ideas in the world but people buy into you as much as what you know or can do for them What is your greatest career achievement? Having great people to work with, it’s amazing, the more I do this the luckier I get with my teams What is the best thing about working for Metropolitan Thames Valley? Working with people who are passionate about making a real difference in people’s lives, sounds a bit trite but it’s absolutely, unequivocally and unconditionally true How would your team describe you? Always wanting the best for them, not always nice but always loyal and ready to support when you truly need it. If not in HR/Recruitment, what would the dream be? Archaeologist Biggest superstition/fear? Spiders and not being good enough Favourite film? Depends on my mood, Out of Africa, Second Hand Lions, I like happy endings. Favourite holiday destination and why? Too many to choose from and I haven’t been everywhere yet, I love the Middle East because of its history, Italy (ditto) I’m happy scrambling around ruins, placing my feet where people lived thousands of years ago is fascinating. If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or passed), who would you invite, and why? Martin Luther King, Titus Vespasian, Howard Carter, Marilyn Monroe, I could ask them what really happened. Who is your hero/idol? My Father For more information about this article, or to speak to Richard about your recruiting needs or HR jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696353 or


Charity Times - 29/01/2019

VOLUNTEERING Charities must make volunteering more inclusive A new report says charities must consider the ‘structural barriers’ preventing people from volunteering, particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The Time Well Spent report from YouGov on behalf of NCVO found that those from middle class backgrounds were almost 50% more likely to have volunteered in the last 12 months than those from working class backgrounds. “Those from lower socioeconomic groups are more likely to say they have never been involved in volunteering, and those who have are less likely to be in certain leadership or representative roles, like being a trustee,” the report said. NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington said: "Institutions – charities and the public sector – need to take a hard look at themselves and think about what barriers they may inadvertently be creating . . . In particular, we need to make sure it’s easy to start volunteering. Our res earch suggests young people have higher expectations of the process being simple and quick than older people." Charity Times Civil Society GOVERNANCE Regulator publishes annual report about its regulatory work A report published by the Charity Commission shows that it launched more than 2,000 regulatory compliance cases in 2017/18. According to the Dealing with wrongdoing and harm report, 2,269 regulatory compliance cases were opened in 2017/18, up from 1,164. Serious governance concerns accounted for 730 cases, and the regulator said that 552 related to new safeguarding cases, making safeguarding the third most frequent issue. The second highest issues was classed as "other" with 582 cases opened. Charity Commission CEO Helen Stephenson said: "This report tells of the Commission’s continued effectiveness in dealing with wrongdoing and harm in charities, including through the appropriate and confident use of the new powers we were granted," adding also that "we are working on becoming more preventative in our approach, developing the risk-based element to its work so that it can spot potential problems before they occur." Civil Society GOV.UK Regulator probes charity about lack of clarity The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into the GTC charity due to concerns over its administration. The charity’s objects are for the relief of poverty of people in the UK, mainly in the Aylesbury area of Buckinghamshire. The regulator has concerns about the charity’s governance and administration as there appears to be only one trustee which means that conflicts of interest cannot be adequately managed. In addition, the charity’s accounting and reporting submissions lack clarity and the Commission also has regulatory concerns about the charity’s activities and whether the charity is applying its resources in furtherance of its charitable purposes. Accountancy Daily GOV.UK Third Sector Regulator publishes findings of probe into Ripon Community Link The Charity Commission has published the findings of its investigation into Ripon Community Link. The report absolves the charity of financial mismanagement but makes a number of recommendations. The regulator acted following the charity's sudden withdrawal of services from 12 of its most severely disabled members and the laying-off of a dozen members of staff. Ripon Community link chair Kathryn Harrison said the board of trustees is committed to rebuilding local confidence in the charity. Harrogate Advertiser COMMUNICATION Charities 'must improve storytelling' Caroline Underwood, chief executive of fundraising consultancy, Philanthropy Company, told attendees at last week's Institute of Fundraising Major Donor Fundraising Conference that charities must change the way they share information to attract major donors. “We are all incredibly sophisticated in the way we get information . . . [but] As a sector we have been absolutely rubbish at getting out information into a relevant form,” she said. Ms Underwood recommended more use of social media platforms as a storytelling method and less reliance on graphs and other complex ways of packaging information. Civil Society New look and brand for Macmillan Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a new strategy, branding and logo. The new tagline "whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you" replaces the charity’s "life with cancer" campaign. Kate Barker, director of brand at Macmillan, said: "While the charity is well known and has a recognisable brand, we know that not enough people with cancer are aware of all the ways we can support them . . . Our focus throughout this work has been on increasing Macmillan’s relevance and ensuring that everyone who needs us can access our support. In turn we hope that more people will be inspired to offer support to Macmillan." Third Force News FUNDRAISING New site will make finding funding sources easier A new website has launched to help charities find fresh sources of funding. The new Funds Online website combines the data from the Directory of Social Change’s (DSC) collection of online funding search products and aims to help charities find over £8bn in funding from some 8,000 different funders. Charities only need to make a simple online search and use the new DSC dashboard to easily log and track applications. DSC chief executive Debra Allcock Tyler said: “With the new dashboard, you can track all the information you need and its incredibly easy to know what your journey has been through the funding landscape, which will save you lots of time in the future.” UKFundraising DIGITAL £2.4m charity tech fund is launched A £2.4 Tech for Good fund has launched to help charities develop their use of technology. Applications for the fund launched by Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) are set to open on February 11th and close on March 25th. Projects should address one of four core issues: Children Survive and Thrive, Global Mental Health Matters, Fighting for Gender Justice, or A Safe Place to Be. “We are looking to fund projects at any stage of development, with solid user-centred research, a clear problem to address, and a compelling digital solution to achieving this,” says a statement from Comic Relief and PHF. Charity Digital News Civil Society WORKFORCE Big swings in some fundraiser salary categories A new report shows fundraiser salaries increased just 1% overall in 2018 but also that there were big swings in some categories. The figures from Kage Partnership’s annual Fundraising Salary Survey represent advertised salaries for jobs based in London and the South East. Salary increases were seen in seven of the 14 categories, and events salaries across Officer and Manager levels saw the biggest increases, with an average rise of 8.5%. UKFundraising RISK Government urged to name organisations with poor cybersecurity A report from the Cyber Security Research Group and the Policy Institute at King’s College London has said that the government should name and shame organisations whose cybersecurity measures fail to protect consumers’ data. In light of the fact that four in ten businesses experienced a cybersecurity breach or attack in 2017-18, according to the government’s 2018 data breach survey, the public should be able to see what steps firms are taking to keep users safe online, the report says. It argues that naming organisations with poor cybersecurity will incentivise them to improve their defences and help combat cyber-crime. The researchers also recommend that businesses, charities and other organisations adopt measures included in the government’s Active Cyber Defence (ACD) programme developed by the National Cyber Security Centre. New Statesman Silicon City AM CAMPAIGNS Charities launch anti-bullying campaign Scotland's anti bullying service respectme, Show Racism the Red Card and Changing Faces are challenging the prejudices that lead to youngsters being treated unfairly. Their Celebrating Difference campaign will encourage youngsters to celebrate the things that make individuals unique, and challenge the prejudice that leads to bullying. Katie Ferguson, service director of respectme, said: “Celebrating Difference will highlight to young people the importance of respect and fairness for all . . . We all have similarities and differences – and we are each completely unique – that is something to be celebrated. We hope by the end of the campaign that we’ve helped contribute to a culture of celebration and understanding of this in Scotland’s schools and youth settings." Third Force News Campaign launches to crack down on social media exploitation of children The NSPCC is demanding that the government introduce a robust new law for social networks as soon as possible, with the latest data from the Office for National Statistics showing that 9,543 crimes relating to child sex offenders exploiting the web and social media were recorded in the last year. The charity's #WildWestWeb campaign urges the establishment of an independent regulator with the power to investigate and fine social networks, with Des Mannion, head of NSPCC Cymru/Wales, noting: “Sites must be required to create safe accounts for children and take proactive steps to detect grooming so this behaviour can be disrupted before it escalates.” South Wales Argus OTHER Insurer’s withdrawal threatens adventure playgrounds Adventure playgrounds across Britain are at risk of closure after the only insurer willing to back them, Zurich, said it was preparing to pull out. Charities warned that 70 playgrounds, many in deprived areas, are under threat. A similar number of council-run adventure playgrounds will be able to continue but they face the threat of spending cuts. Local authorities have been handing over their sites to the voluntary sector to operate or simply closing them. The Times


The Pros of working for the Big 4

As a Consultant who actively works for a Big 4 client, I am often engaging with candidates who have a perception of the Big 4 which can be very positive and sometimes challenged by candidates who have a negative perception of the Big 4. One common theme I have observed is the lack of understanding of the expectations and culture of the Big 4 environment. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the ‘Pros’ of working in a Big 4 environment, as I have invested time to meet with multiple teams at the Big 4 to understand the work, culture and environment which candidates would potentially be working in that I represent to them: Exposure to high ranking client personnel, including executives- The Big 4 accounting and consulting firms work with the best companies in the world, their clients include every company in the Fortune 500 as well as nearly every company not in the Fortune 500. Prestigious name to have on your CV- To have Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, or EY on your resume is a huge boost for you for your entire accounting career. International Tax opportunities- The Big 4 have offices internationally who work with the most successful multi-national corporations in the world and are able to offer their services in any location that their clients do business in. Work with specialists and practitioners- You will have the opportunity to work under highly successful, skilled and intelligent people to learn from. It is easy to get a promotion –you can expect a promotion every 2- 3 years at the Big 4 Flexible dress code- Most of the Big 4 firms allow you to wear casual clothing to the office Resources- The Big 4 have a lot of resources available as they are very employee orientated (employees generate revenue). Constant Training- The Big 4 firms have yearly training for their employees and have constant webinars to help them stay level with the current accounting industry. Subscriptions and research tools- These are accessible to support your work and further learning Flexible working- This is promoted within the culture and remote working is encouraged. Holidays- you will receive 25 vacation days a year as soon as you start and can buy more within your benefits allowance. Hopefully, this article has provided you with an insight into the benefits gained from working within the Big 4. Always remember that when you are deciding on your next career move, you should always research the firm to ensure it is the right environment for you as it is your career. If you would be interested in learning more please do not hesitate to contact me. Reference :



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