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James Aston

Business Assurance Partner

BDO Gatwick, BDO London

01293 591000

07899 052989

01293 848949


Executive Summary

James is a Business Assurance Partner and Head of BDO's National Education Team. He has specialised in the education and charity sectors for over 25 years. James has an extensive breadth and depth of experience across education, from schools to post graduate, both in the public and private sectors.

James was a member of HEFCE's Audit Committee during 2003-2006 and the TDA's Audit Committee from 2006-2009. He is an expert in governance, funding and data and is an adviser to government departments and agencies across education.

James has assisted HEIs and HEPs in a range of areas from university title applications (both the College of Law and Regent's College), divestment (UWL / Reading College) and joint ventures and partnerships (various). James has delivered merger and acquisition due diligence across Further Education, private schools and higher education.

He is external audit partner to a number of universities and alternative providers and has been involved in a number of complex advisory projects in both the university and further education sectors.

He was honoured with an MBE for 'Services to education and charity management' in 2002.