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The view from... Imad Alqasim ACCA
Accounting manager for disabled children's charity Whizz-Kidz, and student mentor

An average day for me means ensuring our accounting information is up to date and accurate. I provide daily support to all our operations, particularly our fundraising department and senior management team. My responsibilities include monthly management accounts, annual accounts, budget and forecast figures, and ensuring control over the charity’s financial procedures.

I joined the charity in July 2012, after gaining my ACCA Qualification. This helped me to understand the importance of corporate social responsibility and the way that different companies should contribute towards a better society. It gave me the motivation to join the third sector where the motivation is different than for financial profit.

Whizz-Kidz meets the needs of young disabled people in a number of ways. It provides the right mobility equipment, skills training and opportunities for them to meet and have fun. Our charity’s core belief is that every young disabled person has the right to a fun and active childhood and the chance to develop their full potential.

Whizz-Kidz is currently expanding. A fantastic £5.3m grant from the Big Lottery was awarded at the end of last year. It means we will deliver 10,000 new opportunities to disabled young people in England, improving their lives through clubs, camps, wheelchair skills training and work placements. This is on top of our business-as-usual work, including in the devolved regions. For me this means a greater number of budgets, expenditure lines and the implementation of new systems to cope with the increased demand on finance and accounts. We need to be fit for purpose.

I enjoy being part of a charity. I know that my work directly contributes to transforming disabled children’s lives. I use my accounting skills to achieve efficiency, effectiveness and value for money – the latter is vital in a charity.

We can always improve. I am currently focused on producing accounting and financial information that matches the pace and speed at which the charity is developing and growing.

I have to apply my knowledge in a resourceful way so as to maximise outcomes and help to achieve goals. My advice to young accountants is to keep your own personal development up to date in order to compete in this crowded market.

Outside of work I enjoy running. I completed the Virgin London Marathon for Whizz-Kidz in 2014. I am an online mentor for an ACCA student and a member of ACCA’s Public Sector Network Panel.