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East Anglian treasurers hone their financial skills

The Diocese of East Anglia provided an opportunity to learn more about finance at a special seminar in the Narthex at St John’s Cathedral on Saturday 16 November. Matthew Fernandez-Graham, Diocesan Director of Finance and Resources, reports.

More than 70 Parish Treasurers, Clergy and other members of Parish Finance Committees attended from across the Diocese.

The day started with Mass and then Matthew Fernandez-Graham presented an overview of the Diocese’s governance and finances. He consulted those attending on proposed changes to finance procedures and there was lots of useful discussion and feedback.

There were also presentations from the Diocese’s auditors, Price Bailey, on “How to Survive an Audit” and from NatWest bank on the plethora of financial scams that are sadly prevalent in today’s society. Canon David Bagstaff, the Vicar General for the Diocese, chaired a Question and Answer session.

Anne Emblem, Parish Treasurer for St Joseph’s Church, St Neots, commented: “It was an excellent opportunity for both new and ‘old’ Parish Finance Committee members to learn/re-learn what we should be doing and why. We found it very useful.”

Further Finance events and training are being arranged for 2020.

The pictures show the seminar at St John’s Cathedral (top) and Matthew Fernandez-Graham (centre), Diocesan Director of Finance and Resources