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Barbara Southern

Audit Director

BDO Edinburgh, BDO Glasgow

0131 347 0347

0131 347 0397


Executive Summary

Barbara is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAS -2007) and has worked in practice for 18 years. She is responsible for ensuring the audit team provides a client focused service.

Barbara is responsible for a number of our key audit clients in Scotland and has significant experience in the not-for-profit sector. She is the engagement manager for large charities including a number of membership organisations and regularly advises Charity clients on regulatory issues and internal control matters and recommendations. Her portfolio also includes corporate audits for a varying range of businesses from privately owned companies, large groups to listed entities reporting under IFRS.

Externally, Barbara has been Treasurer and Board member for Mellow Parenting since 2010. This is a registered Scottish charity to promote well-being for children and babies and their parents to support mental health and development of children. Barbara was formerly member of the Assurance Panel for the Social Return on Investment Network (SROI). This role involved review of assurance submissions by entities on social return and is also involved in promoting SROI workings, application of policy and consideration of practical issues over the SROI assurance process.

Barbara was a speaker at the 2014 Scottish Charity Finance Group Annual Conference and the 2013 WS Charity Society Conference on financial governance.