The Island Learning Trust was formed in November 2016. During the first year of operation we had so many new processes and procedures to develop, embrace. Thankfully we engaged in... More careful research, best value and best service reviews before deciding on key service providers. Kreston Reeves came highly recommended by other trusts we had links with. The recommendations, the Kreston Reeves core offer and the friendly, personable approach of key personnel led to their appointment as our accountants: a decision that we have not regretted. In all exchanges, visits they are professional, approachable, down to earth and realistic! Providing outstanding customer service is clearly a key performance indicator and that is exactly what Phil Reynolds and his team have delivered for The Island Learning Trust! We have benefitted greatly from their skills, experience and common sense approach to customer service. I have no hesitation in recommending them to other Trusts and The Island Learning Trust will be remaining with Kreston Reeves as we continue our journey: they have met and exceeded our expectations! Debbie Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer, The Island Learning Trust
Phil Reynolds FCCA MAAT ACA
Audit and Assurance, Senior Manager and Specialist in Academies and Education
Phil joined the firm in 2000 after taking A-levels at Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School. Phil has significant experience in audit and governance complying with latest legislation, particularly in the education, not-for-profit and manufacturing sectors.
He is a regular contributor to our academies webpage with his topical points of interest and is extremely active on the social media platforms Twitter and LinkedIn where you will often find Phil engaging in topical stories across the not for profit and education sectors. Phil is often asked to provide commentary to Schools Week and the Times Education Supplement (TES). In addition, he is a local governor of a primary school which joined a multi-academy trust in 2018.
Phil is also part of the firms’ wellbeing project team and successfully helped to launch this initiative in 2019. Phil firmly believes that having a good wellbeing ethos is important to any business.
Thanks to his fundraising efforts, Phil was awarded the honour of being a London 2012 Torch Bearer during the Torch Relay in July 2012.
We chose Kreston Reeves because of their proactive approach towards the significant risks, challenges and responsibilities we knew we would face as we established ourselves as an academy outside Local... More Authority control. The Kreston Reeves team has worked with us throughout our transition from LA maintained school to SAT and to MAT and we couldn’t be happier with the service and support we have received. Phil Reynolds and his specialist Academies and Education team have provided us with professional and knowledgeable advice that keeps us well informed on current issues, their help and support is timely, clear and invaluable in helping us to navigate the heavily regulated and increasingly complex education sector and based on our experiences, we would have no reservations in recommending Kreston Reeves to other colleagues. Julia Knight, Chief Financial Officer, CASTLE Trust
Kreston Reeves have worked with our Academy Trust for the past 3 years. They are extremely professional and have a vast knowledge of the education sector. We have a... More very good working relationship with Kreston Reeves and they are always available for any queries that arise, be it in terms of financial information required or general Academy queries. We find Kreston Reeves to be very professional and would not hesitate in recommending them. They are able to provide any information required and in our opinion go above and beyond to ensure we are compliant with all ESFA regulations and legislation. Kreston Reeves take the time to understand the needs of our Trust and are always on hand to provide advice when needed. With the help of Kreston Reeves, we have been able to further develop our internal processes and systems to ensure our financial strategy is fully met. I would not hesitate in recommending Kreston Reeves and believe they have the professionalism and qualities needed to ensure any Academy or Academy Trust can progress. Tina Lovey, Chief Executive Officer, Rivermead Inclusive Trust
In addition to well delivered and managed annual internal and external audits, Kreston Reeves is always readily available to assist on a wide variety of queries. Both our Audit Manager... More and Audit Partner are quick to respond to queries on a wide variety of subject areas, and provide regular and timely updates on changes in both the Education and Charities sectors. They also run frequent training sessions on a broad range of relevant issues. Their help on Governance and compliance in particular has been of great value in the transition to becoming a MAT. Zoe Lever, Chief Financial Officer, The LIFT Partnership
We have used Kreston Reeves since our conversion in September 2015. They have always been professional in their approach and have delivered a broad suite of internal audit programmes to... More the Trust. Their honest, clear and next steps feedback means that we have refined some processes so that they are more efficient. For us, their ability to deliver a bespoke internal programme which meets our specific needs has been invaluable – for example reviewing nursery income processes or reviewing personnel processes and files as it has added to our quality assurance and development of our staff skills and experience. The Kreston Reeves team have excellent interpersonal skills and have built the confidence of our school teams when undergoing external scrutiny – so that they welcome the visits. In the words of one of our school colleagues: “I enjoyed it, I learned a lot although I had to make sure that I was prepared.” I recommend them unreservedly. Hilary Sanders, CEO, Medway Anglican Schools Trust
In his spare time Phil enjoys football, which includes watching his local team Gillingham and persuading his wife to allow him to watch a match when they are visiting other countries. He is also a keen runner, having completed 4 marathons to date including 2 in one week! He also enjoys attending music festivals and eating out with friends.