Practitioner Advisory Group biographies

Practitioner Advisory Group biographies

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Carolyn Cordery

Professor in Charity Accounting and Accountability. Head of Accounting Department, Aston University
Carolyn Cordery is Professor of Charity Accounting and Accountability at Aston University, UK and also holds a fractional appointment at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research focuses on not for profit organisations' accounting and accountability. She is particularly interested in how these organisations are resourced (by donors/philanthropists, grants, contracts, volunteers, etc.) and the resource constraints that cause many of these organisations to be financially vulnerable. Carolyn is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is also a Fellow of CPA Australia. She was a member of the NZASB (accounting standard setter In New Zealand) from 2011-2016. She has undertaken a number of commissioned research projects, and published work in relevant international journals. Her teaching areas include risk management and research methods.

I am excited to be part of the PAG because I believe that not for profit organisations need access to high quality financial reporting standards so that they can be managed well, report appropriately to stakeholders and make the changes they were established to achieve.

Genny Kiff

Senior Adviser to the African Academy of Sciences for the Global Grant Community
Genny has extensive experience in a variety of roles in both the NGO and Commercial sectors. Since May 2019, she is the CFO for the Oxford University Clinical Research Network based in Vietnam. Prior to this role, Genny worked for the Wellcome Trust for 20 years in a number of roles. From 2015 to 2018 she was interim CFO for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute with the aim of transforming the finance function. Prior to this role, other roles included Head of Financial Planning and Reporting, Senior Finance Manager and Investment and Subsidiaries Accountant. Her responsibilities included managing a team of 30, delivering financial planning and reporting to the Boards, business partnering services to enable the development of new legal entities and initiatives both in the UK and globally and accounting for Wellcome’s investment portfolio. As part of her roles, she has served as a Director on the boards of investment, biotech and charitable organisations. She has also been a member of finance, audit and risk committees both in the UK and internationally.

In addition to the above, since 2015 she is a Senior Advisor to the African Academy of Sciences for the development of the Global Grant Community – Good Financial Grant Practice. A standard and system which aims to standardise, simplify and strengthen the financial management of grants.

Prior to joining the Wellcome Trust, Genny worked at Ernst and Young (New Zealand) where she qualified as a chartered accountant with major clients ranging from financial institutions, manufacturing companies to charities. Prior to Ernst and Young she was a research scientist with GEC Hirst Research Centre (London, UK).

Philip McMinn Mitchell FCA

Consultant, Civil Society TA
A UK-qualified Chartered Accountant (EY and Grant Thornton) with six years’ experience as manager for corporate audit and donor assurance with PwC in Uganda. Since leaving public practice in 2002, work with donors, auditors and non-profit organisations (funded by the EU, PEPFAR and USAID) has helped align their expectations of grant management and reporting. Working in East and Southern Africa, before moving to Switzerland to join the Global Fund, Philip specialises in capacity building for donors and grantees and supports the risk management and audit relationships for these organisations in the global health and humanitarian sectors.

I am excited to be part of this project as I recall the challenges as co-founder of a health facility NGO to manage the various reporting requirements of different funders, governmental and bilateral donor. The corporate-based financial reporting considerations did not include the key performance measures required by NGO managers or the information for decision making required by our funders.

IFR4NPO combines the public sector accounting and audit fundamentals of CiPFA with the breadth of experience from grassroots to mega-donor within the Humentum membership. I work with large donors and with international NGO both of whom want to ease the burden of, and improve the quality of, the reporting relationship with non-profit organisations and so IFR4NPO is a natural forum for me to join.

Vuyiswa Sidzumo

Deputy Regional Director and Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation, Southern Africa
Vuyiswa has worked within the social justice and development arena for more than 20 years. Over this time, she has worked within government, focusing on donor monitoring and evaluation; as a Program Officer within the United Nations Development Program, managing a technical support facility targeting government programs; and for a nonprofit organization that trained NGO leaders and provided capacity strengthening support to other nonprofit organizations. Vuyiswa joined the Ford Foundation Office for Southern Africa in 2017, after spending over 12 years at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation where she served as the Country Director for South Africa since 2009.

I am excited to be part of this project because of its potential to promote harmonization of funders’ requirements, and to simplify due diligence processes for funders and reduce the strain on nonprofits as they strive to fulfill funder requirements.


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