Elaine Alsop

EA Independent Ltd


With a career in finance and accounting of over 25 years, Elaine enables small and medium sized organisations to develop and strengthen their financial management. Working closely with charities, community interest companies and other voluntary and community groups, to gain an understanding of their needs, she supports trustees and management to meet their responsibilities and feel confident with regard to all aspects of financial governance.

Elaine offers her experience in a range of areas, including:

  • financial policies, procedures and internal controls;
  • maintaining accounting records;
  • financial planning and budgeting;
  • supporting the preparation of grant applications and subsequent reporting;
  • preparation of management and annual accounts;
  • carrying out independent examinations, where applicable;
  • legal structures open to charities and social enterprises; and
  • advice and training in all aspects of financial management


Based in East Lothian, Elaine works mainly in southern Scotland although is ready to work with clients further afield.

Clients include charities of all forms, community interest companies and other voluntary and community groups in a variety of sectors and charitable fields. Regularly asked to work with third sector interfaces and community learning bodies in delivering financial related training.


  • Chartered Accountant (ICAEW)
  • Diploma of Charity Accounting (ICAEW)
  • MSc Charity Resource Management (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • BA Mathematics and Accounting (University of Kent)


Third sector consultancy work including:

  • Training – at client and wider treasurer training workshops
  • Risk reviews to establish internal controls
  • Accounting system and records
  • Fraud investigation
  • Financial planning and budgeting
  • Fund accounting
  • Grant applications and reporting
  • Management accounts
  • Statutory financial reporting
  • Independent examinations

Finance manager at a medium sized charity

Various treasurer roles in local charities and sports clubs

UK and International experience over 10 years in big 4 accountancy firm in both external and internal audit services for private companies, local authorities, further education colleges, Universities and charities