Meet the Team
Daryl Martin has spent most of his life working in the voluntary sector one way or another. Daryl is the walking talking charity specialist of AFVS. After a successful career in a building society he took early retirement and moved across into the voluntary sector where he’s been ever since. He still gets great pleasure advising and helping charities across the UK. Daryl is married to Anita; between them they have 9 children and 19 grandchildren to try to keep tabs on. As you can imagine birthdays and Christmas can be rather expensive so I still try to earn a crust to help pay my way!
Jo has experience with working in accounts, IT, administration, education and as a volunteer for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB). Jo is a law graduate, having completed the Bachelor of Laws LLB (Honours), and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). Jo has been an active participant and organiser on several committees, and has also raised four children with her husband, two of which she home-schooled. Jo welcomes challenges; is dedicated to providing high standards of work, and always maintains a positive attitude.
Becky is a wife and a mum of two teenage children. Following a long career in marketing, then going on to have her two children and become a stay at home mum, Becky joined AFVS in 2012. She has developed and grown her role and now manages the day to day running of AFVS CIC, looking after our members, working with new charities, making sure that all runs smoothly and is the first port of call for both members and non-members. Becky loves a challenge, be it in marketing, sales or events and activities.
Partner with AFVS
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
“Louise has over 30 years’ experience of supporting those running community buildings, at both local and national level and has 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, Louise is familiar with many of the difficulties facing those running multipurpose premises. She supported capital projects worth around £1 million p.a.e.”
Gemma Kingsman – Fundraising Mentor
Gemma’s fifteen year career started at 4Sight a Charity for the blind. Here she gained experience in: governance, lotteries, raffles, street collections, events and set up the organisation’s first charity shop. In 2010 Gemma founded a social enterprise to provide specialist fundraising support tailored to the needs of small charities. Gemma inspires, supports and encourage those who are passionate and committed to ‘Making a Difference’. Helping not for profits to understand fundraising so that they can secure funding to make a difference in their community.
She shares her skills, experience and top tips for fundraising success through:
- One-to-one weekly Funding Mentor support sessions
- Fundraising Consultancy support
- A series of fundraising books designed for small not for profits
- Fundraising articles
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.”
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 was specifically established as a resource for charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations which need access to specialist legal advice at reasonable fees. We have a strong affinity to this sector and a firm belief in the importance of its work and its value to our society . We aim to support you by providing a service you can trust and rely on whenever a legal issue arises. We offer complete transparency on fees and aim to be affordable for all.”
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.
Andrew Ali – Xero Migration Partner
“I have been a strategic partner with AFVS since its inception and my focus has always been supporting Churches and Charities to transform their financial management and bookkeeping process into a simpler, cost effective and efficient solution”
Andrew is our XERO and QuickBooks Online specialist. An Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK with over 12 years’ experience in accounting, tax and consulting. Andrew offers more than standard accounting practice by providing simple solutions to sometimes very complex problems.