Curriculum Vitae

Name: Alan Orme
Mobile: 07974415084
Email: info@aoaccountancy.com

Position:

Director, AO Accountancy & Consultancy Services Ltd.

Summary

An accountant by training (FCCA), I have over 30 year's experience, gained in the public and private sectors in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Britain, Europe and South East Asia.

After working in accounting practice and industry in Northern Ireland, I was based in commerce and industry in London for 5 years (1988-1993). On returning to Northern Ireland, I worked for 11 years as a Senior Manager with HELM Corporation - a consulting company providing accountancy and finance services mainly to the public sector. I moved to the Northern Ireland Audit Office as an Audit Manager in January 2005. Here, I was responsible for producing Value for Money Reports on all aspects of the public sector. These reports formed the basis for Evidence Sessions of both the Westminster and Northern Ireland Assembly Public Accounts Committees.

In November 2015, I became a self-employed accountant providing accountancy and taxation services as well as offering consultancy support to the public and private sectors. I had previously been providing these services to my clients on a part time basis.

Role
Director

AO Accountancy & Consultancy Services Ltd.
69a Kilmegan Road
Castlewellan
BT31 9ET

E-mail: info@aoaccountancy.com
Mobile: 07974415084
Phone: 02843778090

November 2015 - to date

Responsibilities

I provide a full range of accounting services to a range of clients, spanning self-employed tradesmen to large partnerships and limited companies. I provide a full range of accounting and tax services which include:

  • Accounts preparation
  • Self-Assessment Tax Returns
  • VAT Accounting
  • Wages / PAYE Services
  • Company Accounts
  • Corporation Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Business Planning

I also provide consultancy services from value for money and strategic reviews to finance and accounting support to the public and private sectors in both Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Role
Audit Manager

Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO)
106 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1EU

January 2005 - October 2015

Responsibilities

Managed Teams of up to five qualified accountants in the production of Value for Money Reports on various aspects of Northern Ireland Public Sector.

Reports produced included:

  • Review of Invest NI
  • Review of Public Transport
  • Sustainability of Schools
  • NI Tourist Board - Implementation of Signature Projects
  • Review of Health & Safety Executive (HSENI)
  • Review of Insolvency Service
  • Review of DEL Training Schemes including New Deal and Jobsklills
  • Review of various funded programmes - including Springvale Educational Village Project, Into the West and, Hospitality Association Northern Ireland

Hyperlinks to these reports given below

Provided support for both Northern Ireland and Westminster Public Accounts Committees (PAC). Most of the above reports were the subject of PAC Sessions. I was required to brief PAC, before evidence session and subsequently draft PAC Report.

Resource Manager - I had a work planning role in NIAO. I maintained Resource Plans and documents to allocate audit jobs and various tasks to up to 45 staff.

Local Government Reform - Centrally involved in managing local government reform in NIAO. In April 2015, 26 Councils became 11, with expanded powers and responsibilities. I managed the Audit and Assessment process of Council's additional responsibility for improvement.

VFM Trainer - I have written and delivered several training courses to both NIAO and local government staff on a range of topics including auditing techniques, audit interviews and local government reform.

Public Transport - Press Release 21 April final

Public Transport Report 210415

DRD Archaeological Claims Settlement

December 2013 Archaeological Claims Settlement

Collaborative Procurement

NIAO Procurement

Invest Performance Review

Invest NI Final

NITB: Review of the Signature Projects

Northern Ireland Tourist Board Review of the Signature Projects PDF

Review of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

Review of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland PDF

Campsie Office Accommodation and Synergy e-Business Incubator (SeBI)

Campsie Office Accommodation and Synergy e-Business Incubator (SeBI) PDF

Review of New Deal 25+

Review of New Deal 25+ PDF

Review of Assistance to Valence Technology: A Case Study on Inward Investment

Review of Assistance to Valence Technology: A Case Study on Inward Investment PDF

Springvale Educational Village Project

Into the West (Tyrone and Fermanagh) Ltd: Use of Agents

Into the West (Tyrone and Fermanagh) Ltd: Use of Agents PDF

Insolvency and the Conduct of Directors

Insolvency and the Conduct of Directors PDF

Role
Principal

AO Accountancy Services
69a Kilmegan Road
Castlewellan
BT31 9ET

September 1993 - October 2015

Responsibilities

Part Time Self - Employed Accountant

Provided full range of accounting services including:

  • Accounts preparation
  • Self-Assessment Tax Returns
  • VAT Accounting
  • Wages / PAYE Services
  • Company Accounts
  • Corporation Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Business Planning

Role
Senior Manager

HELM Corporation
88 Main Street
Moira

September 1993 - December 2004

Responsibilities

Managed Teams of up to twelve qualified accountants in consultancy assignments in the public sector in Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Scotland and Bangladesh.

Key Consultancy Experience Gained In HELM:

  • Significant experience in the preparation of Strategic Reviews, Due Diligence exercises, Business Case/Economic Appraisals and Business Plans for many public and private sector organisations.
  • Project Managing major implementations of accounting packages in the public and private sectors - Oracle General Ledger, Oracle Accounts Payable, Impact General Ledger, Impact Purchase Order Processing, Impact Accounts Payable, Impact Accounts Receivable, Impact Inventory and Sage Accounting,
  • Project Managing the implementation of Accounting systems in Government Departments and Agencies.
  • Significant internal and external audit experience gained within the public and private sectors in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
  • Preparation of Resource Accounts for Northern Ireland Departments
  • Preparation of Agency Accounts for many Northern Ireland Agencies.
  • Annual Financial Accounts preparation for many private sector companies
  • Devising new accounting procedures and policies for several private and public sector organisations
  • Devising Costing and Charging Regimes for several public sector organisations
  • Managing Accounts Departments in several private sector companies and public sector organisations
  • Experienced trainer in the areas of accounting systems and accountancy topics.
  • Experience in the completion of accounts for all types of business (sole trader through to large limited companies) and the preparation of income and corporation tax computations.
  • Experienced in Forensic Accounting work - providing expert witness services to Barristers
  • Formally trained in PRINCE Methodology

Role
Accountant

Rohm & Haas (UK) Ltd; Lennig House
3 Masons Avenue
Croydon,
Surrey
England

November 1989 - August 1993

Responsibilities

  • Preparation of the annual business plan and subsequent quarterly reforecasts. Charged with budget monitoring and variance analysis.
  • Production of financial accounting reporting information to parent company in US.
  • Overseen the production of the VAT Returns for the group of companies.
  • Introduced new computer systems to facilitate the VAT implications of the Single Market in 1993. This involved extensive training of staff in England and Belgium.

Role
Project Accountant / Accounts Receivable Manager

International Press Distributors (IPD) Ltd,
Windsor House
1270 London Road
Norbury,
London

June 1988 - November 1989

Responsibilities

  • As Project Accountant responsible for redesigning procedures and systems in the area of the Sales Ledger. This involved some overseas work in Portugal and Tunisia.
  • As Accounts Receivable Manager responsible for creating unified Accounts Department from fragmented sections of staff.
  • Implemented new procedures designed to enhance the performance of the Sales Ledger.

Role
Financial Accountant

Lee Apparel (UK) Ltd,
Comber Road,
Newtownards,
Co Down

March 1987- June 1988

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for treasury management function - the administration of all call, deposit and current bank accounts, and foreign exchange reporting to head office in US.
  • Responsible for expense reporting system.
  • Assistance in compilation of final accounts for consolidation into US Parent accounts

Role
Company Accountant

Breton (Ulster) Ltd.
Duncrue Industrial Estate
Belfast

January 1986 - March 1987

Responsibilities

  • Preparation of final annual accounts, monthly financial and management accounts, cash flow forecasts and budgetary information.
  • Responsible for Credit Control and VAT.
  • Implemented Sage General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable System into a previously manual accounting environment.
  • Supervised 2 members of staff - Credit Controller and Accounts Clerk.

Role
Trainee Accountant

Stanley Woods & Co.,
26 Frances Street
Newtownards,
Co Down

August 1977 - August 1981

Responsibilities

  • Preparation of final accounts and tax computations for a large range of sole traders, partnerships and companies.
  • Responsible for management of VAT affairs for around 200 clients.
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