Profile of Sean Smith

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169 Jeffcock Road,
Wolverhampton
WV3 7AQ

Tel: 01902 579396
Email: sean.smith@blueyonder.co.uk

My Background

I was a FE Lecturer for 18 years where my role (for some of the time) was to develop education programmes for community organisations including tenants groups.

I managed international projects with a women's group in Moscow, Solidarity in Poland and a community education project in South India.

I have been self-employed working mainly with Third Sector organisations since 1999. This has involved working with voluntary & community groups and social enterprises on organisational development, training, business planning, preparing funding applications and project management.

Social Accounting and Audit Experience

I trained as a social auditor in 2005-2006 and have chaired a number of audit panels and delivered a number of Prove Improve and Account (PIA) workshops (formerly Master Classes) in the East and West Midlands and London. I mentored two prospective panel chairs in September and October 2011.

As an active member of SAN in the Midlands I regularly participate in local and regional social impact and accounting awareness events to promote social accounting and audit and other forms of impact measurement. I regularly attend SAN professional development events and have recently (May 2011) undertaken the new SAN PIA Guide training.

I use social accounting with voluntary/community groups and social enterprises as a framework for identifying what they do and for structuring their work to meet their vision and objectives. It is a very useful way for Third Sector organisations to understand why and how they do what they do and planning their work whether or not they prepare full social accounts for audit.

Community Involvement

Former member of a Black Caribbean Housing association. Treasurer 1993-1996. Internal Controls Officer 1996-2000. Chair of Development sub-group 2004-2005.

Coordinator of Estate Agreement Forum, Wolverhampton. October 2004-2007.

Chair of a local network group. March 1999-April 2001. Treasurer May 2002 – June 2004.

Local resident community member of Wolverhampton New Deal for Communities Steering Group - February 2000-2003 and Chair/Convener of Housing & Environment Theme Group.