Focus on Neil Everett - Statutory Reporting Manager

Published : Mon 12th Dec Author : National Trust

I have been in accounting for 10 years! I’ll have been at the National Trust for 4 years in January 2012. Before I joined the Trust I worked for DHL as a Finance Manager and before that an Accountant for a manufacturing company so the Trust was the first time I’d worked for a Charity.

I studied Physics at university and wanted a career that involved working with numbers and analytical techniques without the headache of trying to understand the laws of the universe at the same time! I genuinely believe in what the work the Trust does, we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and it is really important we protect and preserve our countryside and historic buildings.

My job is to ensure we report everything in the right place in the financial statements and this is no mean feat when you consider how many funds and different types of property the Trust owns. Charity accounting can be very different to privatively run limited companies. It’s very challenging from an accounting perspective!

The current Outdoors work stream really strikes a chord with me; it’s great to see the Trust promoting its outdoor spaces as giant playgrounds for walking, running, swimming and cycling (all passions of mine!) The Trust has always been extremely supportive with regards to training requests and I am actively encouraged to seek out courses and opportunities to develop. I have been considering a move into project management and I have already been on an introductory training course.

I would say to anyone considering applying to the Trust that it’s a very rewarding and challenging place to work.