Melanie Crooks

Mel is Director of Finance across a number of church related entities – the Diocesan Board of Finance, Cathedral, Thrive Together Birmingham, and previously with the Diocese of Birmingham Education Trust (DBET), the umbrella trust for sponsored diocesan school academies prior to Sept 2017. She was a member of the DBET Academy Finance and Scrutiny Committee, with oversight for school financial management and audit effectiveness. She also provides financial governance and management training to governing bodies/accounting officers and school business managers.

Mel is Foundation Governor for the Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall (Academy Trust) and member of the Business Committee, with a remit covering school property and finance, with delegated oversight of the internal and external audit process. This Trust is in the process of forming a Multi Academy Trust for which she will be a Board member. Mel is also a Trustee Director of the charity ‘Writing West Midlands’ and chairs its Finance Committee.

Mel was previously an Audit Partner with RSM UK LLP, specialising in the Education and Charity Sectors. She has worked with more than 10 academy schools through the academy conversion and set up process, providing particular support with academy financial management and governance structures. Between November 2002 and March 2013 she also worked extensively within the public sector, providing financial management and grant funding assurance services to a number of central government departments and NPBD’s such as UK Border Agency, Ministry of Justice, MoD, Met Office and DCLG.

Mel has invaluable experience in reviewing and implementing academy financial management and governance from both a practitioner and oversight perspective. This enables her to ensure that industry best practice can be effectively implemented and robustly monitored.

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