Profile of Alan Kay

Contact details

20 Marchhall Crescent,
EH16 5HL

Tel: +44 (0)131 667 5485

Summary of Experience in Social Accounting and Audit

I first became involved and interested in social accounting and audit in 1990 while carrying out research on behalf of Community Business Scotland. We were particularly interested in developing a simple, systematic method to give value to the social benefits provided by community enterprises. Since then I have maintained an active interest in social accounting and audit as well as evaluation. In 1990, I assisted in the creation of social audit methodology while working with Ferguslie Park Community Business. This model was developed further with a social audit initiative in Lothian assisting three community enterprises in keeping social accounts. I helped Community Enterprise Lothian organise a conference focusing on social audit, Counting Community Profit. From 1997 until recently I worked with John Pearce on a number of social audit initiatives throughout the UK. I have been active in redrafting Prove, Improve and Acctount! - the New Guide to Social Accounting and Audit and deliver training for the Social Enterprise Academy in measuring social impact and social accounting.

Social Auditing Skills

Social Accounting and Audit: Delivering all aspects of the social accounting cycle as a social accounting practitioner and independent auditor.

Training and Consultancy: Training, mentoring and advice to organisations carrying out social accounting.

Evaluation: Use and assessment of evaluation techniques including the collection of qualitative data.


Clients on contracts concerned with social accounting or related fields include: REAP, Craigmillar Capacity Building Project, Fife Council, Castlemilk Economic Development Agency, Allerdale Borough Council, Manor and Castle Development Trust, Durham Business Links, Liverpool City Council, Leicester and County CDA, Social Enterprise Network, CBS Network, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Aberdeen Council, European Union (research project), New Economic Foundation, Social Enterprise Academy, Co-operative Development Scotland, Cothrom, Highland Homecarers, and many more...

General Background

Community development in the UK as well as East Africa and South East Asia.