James Saunders specialises in the nonprofit sector and has considerable experience working with charities, especially in the education, arts and creative sectors. He handles everything from core financial and compliance services to best practice and ongoing improvement for trustees and governors. He also covers specific topical issues like safeguarding, the GDPR, Brexit-related matters, the Modern Slavery Act, cyber-security and systems security. He holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting.
He is held in high regard for his education sector specialism and is trusted adviser to independent schools, academies and multi-academy trusts. James is a regular presenter at education sector events and participates in governmental forums. Previously, he worked with a wide variety of owner-managed businesses and corporate groups, helping with all aspects of accounting, tax and compliance.
Excellent client service is always at the heart of James’ approach, and he is known for being a good listener and helpful adviser. Clients like his easygoing and open nature. They say that he is approachable, has a keen eye for detail and is proactive in finding solutions.
Since 2010, James has been a trustee of Kent charity Slide Away, which provides counselling services to schoolchildren struggling with bereavement.
Outside of the office, one of James’ biggest passions is sport. In fact, his wife remarks how strange she finds it that an otherwise intelligent and sensible person believes that shouting at a television screen will make England play better rugby or Spurs score more goals. A lifelong member of his local cricket club, James also plays to a high level and is looking forward to introducing his young son to junior training. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, skiing, photography and cooking.