Finance Explained [online via Zoom]

Tuesday 8 September 10.00am - 1.30pm

This 3.5 hour online course will demystify the fundamental accounting concepts and terminology that underpin financial reporting, enabling managers, board members and other roles without formal financial qualifications to fulfill their responsibilities with confidence.

Target Audience

This course is intended to benefit those who do not have formal financial qualifications/training. Delivered using simple language, it will give attendees a better understanding of financial terminology and reports, inc: Management Accounts, Annual Accounts, Trustees/Directors' Report, Statement of Financial Activities, Balance Sheet and Cash-flow. Great for those in either a first-hand finance role or not, i.e board members and senior managers. This course would also be useful for administrators and general managers that minute board meetings.

Approach

The course is an informal mix of the trainer’s presentation and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and draw on their own experiences.

Trainer

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.

How to Book

Book your place via this web page. Places are limited.
The day before we will send you the Zoom joining instructions. Please read Top Tips for using Zoom below for ensure the smooth running on the session.

As there is are limited places on this course places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please find our full booking terms and conditions, including the cancellation policy here.

Top Tips for using Zoom

  • Make sure you have a strong reliable internet connection. This is imperative to getting the most out of the session and connecting with people.
  • It is best to use Zoom on a PC or laptop, tablets can be used but some of the features are limited.
  • Your video/webcam and microphone will need to be on for this course.
  • If possible, try to use a headset instead of your computer’s built-in audio. Zoom works just fine with the built-ins, but the quality is even sharper with higher quality hardware.
  • Your camera should be at eye level. Adjust your camera if it is too low or high, if possible seeing you from the chest or waist up is good, instead of just seeing your face. Make sure you have a comfortable chair.
  • Lighting can make a difference - position yourself so that most of the light is coming from in front of you (behind your monitor), instead of behind you. If you have a window behind you, shut the blinds, otherwise your face will be difficult to see.
  • Find a quiet space for the duration, shut the door, ask people not to disturb you, silence all notifications from all devices, including phones and mute yourself as necessary.
  • Have some water to drink, a notebook and a pen available.