Welcome to Academy Advisory

Welcome to Academy Advisory
Finance and business administration experts


We specialise in the academy sector because we’re as passionate about education as you are, and we pride ourselves on our pupil focussed advisory and assurance services. Our unique service offering to the academy sector brings together three key strands of an academies business: Education, Finance, Estates.

Our experts work together to provide a holistic service that is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, curriculum efficiency and effectiveness reviews can be jointly undertaken by our finance and educational experts to ensure that resources are truly being allocated in the most effective way to support educational outcomes for pupils. Estates reviews can bring in all strands of our offering, looking in detail at the use of classrooms and the estate as a whole in light of the curriculum plan, the maintenance plan and the available budget.

Meet the team

Our leadership team

Chris Whiting

Chris Whiting FCCA


Ralph Hilton

Ralph Hilton


Finance and business administration experts

We are an ACCA registered firm of qualified accountants that work almost exclusively for academy trusts & colleges. Our team work as Finance Directors / Managers within the sector as well as providing accounting, audit and assurance services. This means that unlike other firms, we have direct experience of running academy trusts, working with internal stakeholders such as Principals, Senior Leaders and Governors and external stakeholders such as the Department for Education (“DfE”) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (“ESFA”).

Our specialist team offers a broad range of services to the sector from finance director and finance support service, to audit and assurance work. We have accumulated a strong portfolio of academy clients throughout the UK. We maintain an excellent working relationship with both the DfE and the ESFA who we have worked with directly during numerous specialist projects.

As finance experts our job is to help you make the best possible use of your resources in support of teaching and learning. We know it is not all about the numbers, it is about the life chances of your pupils and supporting you to provide them the best possible start in life. We know how important it is for educationalists and finance experts to work in partnership, and we always aim to communicate clearly and concisely, making finance accessible to school leaders, trustees and governors.

With our experienced team of academy sector specialists we will provide you with a flexible, knowledgeable, friendly and pupil focussed approach.

  • Education experts

    Education experts

    Our education experts have considerable experience as senior leaders in schools and include practitioners currently engaged as Ofsted inspectors. Our team lead conferences and training on school improvement, including themes such as, inspection frameworks, leadership and management, teaching and learning and school governance. In addition we work with several governing bodies as an external advisors for the headteacher’s performance management. Our team has experience of working with many primary and secondary schools, single academies and Multi Academy Trusts as their external improvement partner.

  • Building experts

    Building experts

    Our team also includes a Chartered Building Surveyor, and a Fellow of the R.I.C.S. (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), who has extensive experience in surveys of buildings and the preparation of Condition Reports for purposes of due diligence in the purchase or new management of buildings.

    Also in devising Planned Maintenance Programmes for budget-efficient maintenance and repairs on properties of all types and sizes.