New accountancy appointment to boost firm’s regional education team

Leading accountancy firm Moore Stephens has appointed a new partner to work with education clients, including independent schools and academies across the Midlands.

Heather Wheelhouse, who has over 20 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector, has joined the Birmingham office of Top 10 accountancy firm Moore Stephens as part of the firm’s strategy to increase its work with independent schools in the region.

She will help school leaders navigate crucial issues, such as how to balance ensuring independent education remains affordable whilst allowing schools to continue to invest in campus development and attract and retain the best teachers.

Heather joins Moore Stephens, where she will focus on working with Midlands clients while working between Birmingham, London and Bristol, as the leader of the newly-formed Independent Schools team.

She said: “I joined Moore Stephens because they have a real commitment to the not-for-profit sector.

“I have worked with charities and schools in the past and education is where my passion lies.

“The landscape is always changing in education and new rules and regulations are coming into play all of the time, there is so much we can do to help those who run independent schools.”

Heather will work with several multi academy trusts and commercial education providers, as well as independent schools.

In a personal capacity, she acts as a trustee of The Wesley Trust multi academy trust and as a governor of Badminton School, a leading girls day and boarding school.

Her day-to-day work will involve audit and financial reporting and advising clients on governance matters, including optimal board structure and the relationship between a non-executive board and an executive management team.

Nick Simkins, who heads up Moore Stephens’ national Not-For-Profit Group, said: “Heather’s desire to work with not-for-profit organisations and passion for education means she is ideal to head up our new independent schools team in the Midlands.

“There is a wide range of schools across not just Birmingham but the whole region which she can offer assistance to.”