BDO appoints Jill Halford as National Head of Charities

03 April 2020

Jill Halford has been appointed as National Head of Charities BDO.

Jill Halford has been appointed as National Head of Charities at the accountancy and business advisory firm BDO

Jill joined the firm as a partner in November 2019 and has 20 years’ experience advising a wide range of charities across all sectors, as well as significant in-house experience, including her current role as Treasurer at ACEVO and trustee of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.  

Jill takes over from Don Bawtree, who has led the team for 24 years and will be continuing to provide support as a special adviser to BDO. She will be supported by a team of dedicated charity experts in multiple locations across the UK.

BDO’s merger with Moore Stephens LLP* in February 2019 saw the team expand, increasing the range and depth of experience and expertise.

Jill says of her appointment, “Don has worked tirelessly over the years at BDO to build up a well-established offering to the charity sector. I am truly honoured to continue his hard work and couldn’t have asked for a more experienced and knowledgeable team to work alongside in the team’s next chapter. The team is a truly powerful force with a leading reputation in the sector.

“The majority of UK sectors are currently facing huge challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the charity sector is no exception. I am pleased that we have such great expertise and capability within the team to support our clients at a time like this.

“Our commitment to charities remains as strong as ever and I look forward to leading the team in continuing to help our clients and the wider sector succeed.”

BDO’s charities team supports a varied mix of national and international charities across audit, accounting, taxation, governance and other advisory services, as well as providing insights into topical developments in the sector and regular training opportunities. Notable clients include a number of household charity names, such as Marie Curie, RSPCA, Barnardo’s, and Age UK, amongst many others.


Note to editors

*BDO LLP’s merge with Moore Stephens LLP related only to the London, Birmingham, Reading, Bristol and Watford offices of Moore Stephens.

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP provides integrated advice and solutions to help businesses navigate a changing world.

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