Community Accounting Conference 2020

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Park Regis Birmingham
160 Broad Street
Birmingham B15 1DT

The Community Accounting Conference 2020 is the only specialised conference for organisations which provide accounting services for charities.

With two streams of content, one for community accounting and one for payroll, it will be a great opportunity to connect with organisations that face the same challenges. 

Who should come to this event?

If you run any community accounting or payroll service for charities, or would like to run them in the future, this conference is ideal for you. 

Early bird is available for a limited time, so don't miss out. 


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Mark Spofforth, Partner, Kreston Reeves

Leila Ong, Manager, PEM

Fiona Smith, Payroll Trainer, CIPP

Rob Gunn, Corporate Tax Partner, Crowe UK LLP

Alison McCrave, Payroll Manager, VAS

John Burgoyne, Senior Associate, Centre for Public Impact

Shaun Tetley, Chair, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals

Jane Ide, Chief Executive, NAVCA

Sian Broughton, Chief Executive Officer, ERVAS

Glyn Edwards, VAT Director, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

9.00 - 9.25

Registration and Refreshments

9.25 - 9.30

Chair's welcome and introduction

9.30 - 10.15

Community Accounting Stream

Opening Plenary: Community Accounting Update

This introductory session will give you a general updates on: 


- Making Tax Digital - challenges so far and what to expect from the future

- Regulation updates

- Legal updates

Mark Spofforth OBE, Kreston Reeves

10.15 - 11.15

Community Accounting Stream

1A: Grants and Contracts

What is the difference between a grant and a contract? This session will explore how they differ, what the tax consequences of each look like, as well as discuss the challenges charities have had with relationships with local authorities and defining a grant or contract. The session will also outline partial recovery. 

Leila Ong, Manager, PEM


9.45 - 11.15

Payroll Stream

1B: Legislation update

This session will outline the latest updates on Employment Allowance, Off payroll working (IR35) and holiday Pay calculator (changes from April 2020). 


Fiona Smith, CIPP

11.15 - 11.30

Refreshment break

11.30 - 12.15

Community Accounting Stream

2A: Making the best use of your trading subsidiary


Join this session to learn why a charity may need a trading arm and the tax advantages of having a trading subsidiary. The session will include financing, employment of staff, international company charges, loans, donating surpluses, deed of covenant. 

Rob Gunn, Crowe UK LLP

12.15 - 13.00

Community Accounting Stream

Lunchtime plenary: Social Impact measurements

Complex problems require a new approach to impact measurement - one that places the emphasis on learning and experimentation, rather than accountability and targets. This talk will focus on the limitations and unintended consequences of traditional measurement approaches and explore alternative methods.

John Burgoyne, Centre for Public Impact

11.30 - 13.00

Payroll Stream

2B: Term time calculations

This workshop will explain the complexities of processing pay and statutory payments for term-time only workers.

Shaun Tetley, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.45

Community Accounting Stream

3A: The future of accounting services support - Workshop

Sian Broughton ACMA, CGMA, DChA, MAAT is CEO of ERVAS, the organisation that provides support to the voluntary and community organisations of East Yorkshire.  Sian is a chartered management accountant with extensive experience of supporting voluntary sector organisations with their financial governance. She will be joined for the workshop by Jane Ide, CEO of NAVCA, who will add a national perspective to the discussion around the value of community accounting at local level.

Sian Broughton, ERVAS 

Jane Ide, NAVCA

14.45 - 15.05

Refreshments break

15.05 - 15.50

Community Accounting Stream

4A: VAT: partial recovery calculation

- Partial recovery calculation 

- exempt activities 

Glyn Edwards, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

14.00 - 14.45

Payroll Stream

3B: Payroll Network Meeting

This is an interactive session for those who work in Payroll in the sector to ask questions of their peers, share their experiences and discuss best practice related to current legislation.

 Alison McCrave, Payroll Manager, VAS

15.05 - 15.50

Payroll Stream

4B: Payroll Network Meeting (continued) 

This is an interactive session for those who work in Payroll in the sector to ask questions of their peers, share their experiences and discuss best practice related to current legislation.

 Alison McCrave, Payroll Manager, VAS

15.50 - 16.30

Closing plenary: The relationship between Community Accounting and local infrastructure. 

Jane Ide is CEO of NAVCA, the national umbrella body in England for the network of local infrastructure organisations that work with the VCSE in their local areas, providing support and development.  Jane will close our day with an informed perspective on the value, importance and future of community accounting in relation to the local voluntary sector and the communities we serve.

Jane Ide, NAVCA


Chair closes and conference ends. 

Charities - Members£139.00
Charities - Non-members£159.00
Individual - Members£139.00