About Us

Our speciality is looking after Charities, Churches, CICs and the people who are involved with them whether they be trustees, paid staff or volunteers. With our long experience of charity work, we understand the increasing pressures on charities to comply with charity regulations and where applicable company law. We take the stress away from you and keep you safe and compliant.

Our History

Daryl Martin started Independent Examiners almost 25 years ago. He’s still involved in the background and today there’s a great team of specialists providing the UK’s leading Independent Examination service. After years of building his network of trusted friends and clients, in 2010, Daryl set up Advice For the Voluntary Sector as a support and advice organisation to provide ongoing charity advice and training. Set up as a Community Interest Company, this new venture grew and brought together a diverse range of staff and partners capable of handling all manner of charity matters.

Ten years later the team had established itself and AFVS had developed into a high quality resource. As a membership organisation, it was designed to benefit both larger and smaller charities & churches that needed an outside resource and support. In 2020 Daryl secured some senior business support by successfully moving the responsibility of the business into family hands, in the shape of his daughter and son-in-law. After a complex year, both internally and in the country, we now start this new year with a new name: Trust Advice CIC.

Meet the Team

Partner with Trust Advice

Independent Examiners Ltd – Financial Service Partner

“We have been completing independent examinations of charity accounts since 1996. Our fees are related to turnover, and usually significantly lower than most of our competitors.

Charity Set up – let us help you set up your new Charity, Charitable Company or CIO.

Charity Bookkeeping Service – we offer a monthly or weekly bookkeeping service to any size charity.

We can also help with payroll and Gift aid.”

David Farndale – Charity Retail & Trading Partner

“I can offer a comprehensive range of very experienced charity retail services, whether considering a first shop, adding more to your group or needing to improve existing stores. I can help either in an advisory role or on sub-contracted tasks.

During my employed time in the charity sector, I have opened 21 charity shops, gift shops, warehouses, offices and a coffee shop.”

Simon Shefford – Church Mortgages Partner

“I am an independent mortgage broker with over 30 years experience, I have helped churches and charities to obtain competitive mortgages for property purchase and development.

There are a number of lenders who are looking to lend in this sector at very competitive rates, it is just a case of sourcing them, negotiating terms and conditions with lenders and presenting an application in the correct way.

There is a big gap between most churches and lenders that I help to bridge, with my experience in the loans market and also from having been a pastor of a church, a trustee and a treasurer.”

Louise Beaton – Community Halls Advice & Fundraising Support

“I have over 30 years’ experience of supporting those running community buildings, at both local and national level and have contributed to changes in policy and legislation which have helped volunteers to maintain financially viable community buildings. 

Community Buildings Adviser for Action in rural Sussex for 14 years, I am familiar with many of the difficulties facing those running multipurpose premises. I supported capital projects worth around £1 million p.a.e.”

Ben Ansell – Managing Director

Ben has 15 years experience working in various fundraising, leadership and consultancy roles for small, medium and national organisations including Oxfam, The British Heart Foundation. His last in-house role was Director of Fundraising (2016-2020) for Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham, London.

He has a degree in business and a certificate in marketing qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Ben has partnered with AFVS to offer our members support with their Fundraising activities and funding applications.

Tracy Jones – HR Consultant

Professional HR consultant with over 19 years’ experience in handling complex or sensitive HR issues.

Tracy Jones is able to provide a wealth of corporate knowledge and apply it to small and medium sized businesses around their everyday people challenges.

Her broad skill set includes writing and delivering leadership training, performance management and delivering organisational change.

She is professional and knowledgeable and will provide a bespoke service, helping you to manage your people matters, giving you the time to deliver your business objectives.

Tracy has agreed to offer AFVS members a 15 minute free telephone or zoom consultation with an hourly rate charged thereafter.

Tim Wiltshire Cert CII  – Senior Insurance Broker

“As a specialist charity insurance broker, assisting charities of all sizes, we have strong relationships with charity insurance companies. This means we can arrange a wide range of covers, designed specifically to meet your organisation’s needs.

Access Insurance has agreed to guarantee AFVS members insurance savings of 15% off the current charity insurance premium in the first year, with our selected panel of specialist charity insurers. Please let Access know you are an AFVS CIC member when contacting them to receive the discounts.”

David Kirby – Legal Partner

“DK Legal is owned and managed by David Kirby, a qualified solicitor specialising in charity law. He has built up considerable expertise in the charity sector and understands the challenges facing charities and the need for clear and cost-effective solutions to legal issues which arise.

David also has served on the boards of charities and is currently part of the executive leadership team of a micro-finance social enterprise. This focus on the charity and social enterprise sector both professionally and personally reflects David’s passionate support for the vital work of these organisations.“

Les Howard – VAT Partner

“I have been pleased to partner with AFVS CIC since it started, I help churches and other organisations to navigate the VAT maze.

Frequently that involves working with other professionals (Accountants, Solicitors, Architects) to ensure a uniform approach. And, frequently a lower VAT cost releases money for other programs.”

We are delighted that Les is a part of our team of partners. He brings over 30 years’ experience in VAT, and has worked as a freelance VAT Consultant for more than 20 years. He has supported a wide range of charities and can provide telephone and email advice to you, as well as engaging in more substantial project work. He also delivers VAT training for a major national training provider and sits on the Tax Tribunal.

Network with Trust Advice

CNI Network 

“Christian Nightlife Initiatives (CNI) Network is the umbrella organisation for around 130 local projects working predominantly within the night-time economy across the UK.  CNI Network seeks to equip and resource the local church and communities to bring change to the wider community by connecting with others and offering projects and ideas that work. Our heart, vision and aim is  #MakingCityStreetsLikeNewAgain.”


Global Connections

With over 300 members Global Connections is a growing, vibrant network of UK agencies, churches, colleges and support services. Together, we seek to serve, equip and develop churches in their mission.”


Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester  (VAAC)

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester’s vision is to see a strong, vibrant voluntary and community sector that supports, inspires and empowers individuals and communities.  We are an infrastructure charity that offers to our members 1-1 support and advice, training and networking events.  Our expert team helps organisations to start-up, grow  and develop their work.  We also offer through our website an online platform for organisations to advertise volunteering opportunities to local people.


If you are interested in Networking opportunities with AFVS, we would be more than happy to hear from you.  Please feel free to contact us: support@afvs.org.uk