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Amanda Francis - Managing Partner.

Amanda joined Buzzacott in 1987 as a graduate trainee and became Managing Partner in 2010. She is also a Partner in our Charity team.

Amanda advises a wide range of charitable and not-for-profit organisations and is a respected and well-known figure within the sector.  She has a specific specialism for advising and working with religious congregations and other religious, welfare and service charities.

She has significant experience in charity audit and accounting as well as the provision of financial and general advice in respect to the operation of charities and trading companies associated with charities.   Amanda is a regular contributor to Buzzacott’s Trustee Training and Accounts for Non-Accountants events.

Amanda contributes regularly to the Association of Provincial Bursars annual conference and other conferences aimed at the sector and is a co-author of Charity Accounting and Taxation, published by Bloomsbury Professional Publishing. 

Amanda is a trustee of The Royal Star & Garter Homes and The London Institute of Banking & Finance. She is also a Dame of the Pontifical Order of St Sylvester.

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For religious congregations and institutes  these may include departing religious members and a lack of new vocations, how to incorporate lay trustees or how to manage the differences between the charity and the institute.

Faith-based charities come to us for guidance on how to handle risk, manage cashflow and investments, and stay on top of their accounting needs. And we can advise religious dioceses on how best to manage ‘Parish Share’ donations, understand the implications of charity status, safeguard data and deal with property-related issues.

Whoever you are, come and tell us about your situation – and how it could be better. Our service flexes to help with everything from the practical to the personal. Because you put your hearts into what you do, we put ours into helping you do it.

Specialist support for religious institutes

  • Review of systems, policies and procedures in line with sector best practice
  • Set-up of internal controls
  • Financial planning and structuring
  • Audit reporting
  • VAT and tax guidance
  • Gift Aid
  • Property-related issues
  • Advice on governance and avoiding reputational risk
  • IT security and safeguarding data
  • HR consultancy
  • Pension schemes and employee benefits
  • Embracing Change

We created a short film which you can view below to mark the Year of Consecrated Life ending in 2016, when Pope Francis encouraged people of faith to ‘look to the past with gratitude, live the present with passion and embrace the future with hope’. We hope it gives you a flavour of how we approach working with religious organisations.

Download these useful resources:
HR Support for Religious Orders
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Embracing Change
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Trustee Investment Services
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