The Association of International Accountants (AIA), the global body for professional accountants would like to congratulate WYCAS and AIA Fellow, Chris Tatham on their Spirit of the Community award win.

WYCAS (West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service) took home a Spirit of the Community award from the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation on June 26th. The awards ceremony was held in Leeds, recognising voluntary and charitable projects across three different categories; finance, employability, and environment. 


With over 300 applicants, WYCAS took home one of only 15 awards, in the category ‘helping people have a healthy relationship with money’. The knowledgeable team at WYCAS offer training, support and personalised services to help individuals and not-for-profit organisations manage their finances and meet various regulatory requirements. Key support includes the preparation and scrutiny of annual accounts and set up of QuickBooks cloud accounting systems. The team have a track record of providing financial management training and accounting services, predominantly within the voluntary and community sector’s

Chris Tatham, Chief Officer of WYCAS and AIA Fellow, was quoted as saying ‘We are delighted to hear that Yorkshire Bank are going to support our service with this generous funding package. We support community organisations in some of the most disadvantaged areas in West Yorkshire, with essential financial training and education. This helps them to operate properly and enables them to deliver their important services. The funding from Yorkshire Bank will help us to sustain and further extend our support to groups and individuals across the county’

Philip Turnbull, AIA Chief Executive Officer, added: “Congratulations to WYCAS on receiving this award. It is always wonderful to hear success stories from our membership body, especially when it relates to a community group who are operating to support voluntary and charitable projects in their local community.

The award is a testament to the vision of WYCAS, and their determination to work closely with the voluntary sector enabling charities to achieve their objectives and goals.