Don Bawtree

Don is a Business Assurance Partner and Head of BDO's national charities team. He lectures extensively and is a regular contributor to the press on matters affecting the voluntary sector. 

He worked in East Africa on aid assignments with PWC, where he was also seconded to the African Confederation of Cooperative Savings and Credit Associations. Since then he has concentrated on charities, and charitable housing providers, for over twenty years. During that time he has acted for many of the largest and best known charities in the UK, whilst still being involved with a full range of charity clients, covering healthcare, international, arts and Christian organisations.

He has acted as a charity receiver several times, leading to some experience in international terrorism, and conducts advisory and governance projects. He is Chairman of the Auditing Practices Board committee responsible for issuing UK official guidance on charity auditS, is author of Civil Society's Charity Accounts compliance guide (10th edition), co-authors Bloomsbury's Charity Administration (5th edition),and is a member of Governance magazine's advisory board. He is a visiting lecturer at CASS business school, is retained to lecture for the ICAEW, ACCA, and the Charity Finance Group (CFG). With CFG he created the first charity finance induction course, through which he has now trained over 2,000 people to work in the charity sector. He is currently a trustee of one regional charity and a member of the audit committee of another.


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