Annual Seminar for Charities - Tues 25 May 2021

With Guest Speakers:

Matt Collins, Platypus Digital
Anne Taylor, Thorngate Churcher Trust
Matt York, National Lottery Community Fund


Event Details:
When: Tuesday 25 May 2021
Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Solent Hotel, Rookery Avenue, Whiteley, Fareham PO15 7AJ

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Annual Seminar for Charity Trustees and Staff

Our annual seminar for charity trustees and management staff is FREE to attend and has become an established event in the diaries of many charities who value this opportunity to update their knowledge and receive practical ideas to take away.

After cancelling our annual seminar for charities last year due to the pandemic we look forward to welcoming you back. The hotel has assured us that they can safely hold up to 100 people seated theatre-style and facemasks will need to be worn. Tea, coffee and a light buffet will be served by hotel staff in line with government regulations.

Seminar Agenda

4.00 Registration

4.15 Chair’s Opening Introduction – Paul Underwood, Morris Crocker

4.20 Tax and Accounting for Charities Update - Stuart Mackie, Morris Crocker

4.40 Why Charities Need to Invest in Digital to Stay Relevant - Matt Collins, Platypus Digital

5.10 Break

5.30 A Values Culture: How to design and embed it in your own organisation and its value in times of crisis – Anne Taylor, Thorngate Churcher Trust

6.00 People in the Lead – Matt York, The National Lottery Community Fund

6.30 Q&A and refreshments

7.00 Close

A light buffet will be served after the seminar for those who wish to stay and talk to our speakers or other attendees.

How to Register

To register for your free place please use the booking form opposite or email Margot Vere at if you have any questions.

Directions to the Solent Hotel

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Guest Speakers

Matt Collins

Platypus Digital is a digital marketing agency dedicated to help charities connect to the people they need. The agency has helped charities like Sightsavers, Barnado’s and Battersea raise more money and reach more people online.

Matt has worked in the charity sector for 18 years. He has appeared on Sky News, CNN and Channel 5 and writes for the Guardian about the charity digital world.

He was named one of the top 50 Most Influential Fundraisers list by Fundraising Magazine in 2015.

Matt tweets on Twitter at @charitychap.

Matt Collins
Managing Director - Platypus Digital

Matt York

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK awarding over £600m of grants every year.

As the Senior Grant Making Manager for South and East England Matt works to collaboratively coordinate the effective grant making and management of circa £90m of grants to charities and social enterprises working across themes that are as diverse and broad as civil society itself.

Matt York
Senior Grant Making Manager (South and East England) - The National Lottery Community Fund

Anne Taylor

Thorngate Churcher Trust offers supported housing and residential care. It employs 90 staff. Anne is also a director, and former chairman, of Almshouse Consortium Ltd, for property developing charities.

She is a non-executive director and vice chair at the Fusion21 Foundation, and a trustee at CCABF. Anne is also a Leadership Fellow at St George’s House, Windsor Castle.

She has won a number of awards relating to housing and finance and was a finalist for Woman of the Year in 2018.

Anne has worked in sectors including pharma, food and finance prior to the charitable housing sector.

She worked with staff to design and implement a values culture and reflects on the impact of the pandemic on such a culture.

Anne Taylor
Chief Executive Officer - Thorngate Churcher Trust

Host Speakers

Stuart Mackie

Stuart is a chartered accountant and joined Morris Crocker in 2013 from a specialist not-for-profit London accounting firm. He has gained many insights from his role at board level for charity clients by attending meetings and advising on financial matters.

Stuart is responsible for ensuring our charity clients are run efficiently, both from a systems and from a tax perspective. He also makes certain they are fully compliant with current regulations and accounting standards.

Stuart Mackie ACA

Senior Manager, Morris Crocker Charities Team

Paul Underwood

Paul has worked with charities for over 20 years. As well as audit and compliance work, he carries out Independent Examinations and has a particular interest in the effect of VAT and taxation on the charitable sector. Paul is treasurer of a not-for-profit organisation and is a member of the ICAEW Audit Faculty and the Charity & Voluntary Sector Group.

Paul Underwood FCA

Director, Morris Crocker Charities Team

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