Top 20 UK accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson, which has offices in Canterbury and Maidstone, has appointed Alyson Howard as a partner. Alyson specialises in the education and not-for-profit sectors and joins MHA MacIntyre Hudson as part of the firm’s strategy to grow its specialist sector teams.
Alyson has been at the cutting edge of helping many schools manage their transition to academy status. She previously founded and headed the academies team at William Giles, where she advised the first converter academy in Kent and worked with the county’s first pupil referral unit to gain academy status. She also has extensive experience of private finance initiative (PFI) contracts, negotiating revised funding streams to cater for special business cases. Alyson also works with a number of academy training providers to deliver lectures on academy finance and management.
Prior to specialising in education, Alyson’s roles spanned corporate finance, not-for-profit, audit, and corporate recovery. She was Chair of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Kent between 2003 and 2007 and has held a number of national roles in the organisation including terms on the ruling Council, chairing the Membership Committee and acting as Deputy Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee from 2010 to 2017.
Alyson Howard said,
“MHA MacIntyre Hudson is one of the leading firms nationally in the not-for-profit and academy sectors and joining the team is an exciting opportunity to build on my work in these areas. I look forward to delivering innovative and supportive service to a wide range of clients to help them achieve their objectives and growth targets.”
Duncan Cochrane-Dyet, audit and assurance partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson said,
“Alyson is a well-known and respected adviser and auditor in the education and not-for-profit sectors. We welcome her to the team with an exciting remit to expand our reputation and offering. Her appointment is part of our strategic plan to bring exceptionally high-quality advice and service to organisations both in Kent and across the country as a whole.’’