Finance Explained

Monday 29 April 2019 10.00am - 5.00pm

This course will demystify the fundamental accounting concepts and terminology that underpin financial reporting, enabling senior managers, board members and other management roles without formal financial qualifications to fulfil their responsibilities with confidence.

By the end of the course participants will understand:

  • The financial duties and responsibilities of company leaders
  • Financial terminology and how to use it with confidence
  • How a budget relates to the business plan and how progress against the budget is reflected in management accounts
  • What information needs to be presented in management and year-end statutory accounts
  • Why balance sheets and cash flow matter

‘The training has already helped in my day to day work. It was wonderful to have access to such an experienced and generous trainer!’ Kyla Booth-Lucking, Independent

Target Audience

This one day course is intended to benefit board members, senior managers and any professional who manages financial matters but does not have formal financial qualifications. It can also be useful for administrators or general managers that minute board meetings to have a better understanding of reports and terminology.


The course is an informal mix of the trainer’s presentation and exercises. It includes a mini master class looking at real life examples of management accounts. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and draw on their own experiences. Course notes and reference materials are provided.


Jeremy Smeeth is Director of Finance and Resources at Mountview Academy, (previously Finance Director at Southbank Centre and Artsadmin).. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London and began working in performing arts financial management in 1997. From 2008 to 2012 he was Director of Finance and Administration at National Theatre of Scotland. Previously he was Finance Director at Artsadmin and Finance Manager for Shared Experience, Company of Angels, International Workshop Festival, Chickenshed and the Orange Tree Theatre.


£125+VAT (£150) for ITC members and £175+VAT (£210) for non-members.
This course is part of our Leadership Package, click here for more information.


The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG

For more information please call us on 0207 403 1727