Sam Coutinho

  • Sam Coutinho

    Sam Coutinho

    Partner, Joint Head of Education

    Sam qualified in 1996 and has provided audit and advisory services to schools and charities for almost 20 years. She accepted her first trusteeship in 2007 and as a Governor of Orley Farm School and as a Trustee of the Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, Sam has tremendous insight into the practical challenges facing trustees when adopting best practice in governance.

    She believes that the role of the audit partner has changed in recent years and there is a real need to be a business adviser. She particularly enjoys helping her clients to ‘think outside the box’.

    Sam helps her clients with implementing best practice in governance and risk management. She is a regular contributor of articles on these and other topics to sector publications. Sam has also worked with a number of her clients to enhance operational and financial procedures and to design disaster recovery plans. Her marketing experience also enables her to advise clients on the most effective reporting mechanisms whether through the statutory accounts, the annual review or other mediums.

    She plays a key role in designing trustee training and leadership courses for our clients and contacts. Sam was on the steering group of the Network of Women Chairs and is an active member of the Charity Finance Group. In the schools sector, she works closely with ISBA in interpreting sector challenges, policy issues and delivering training for bursars, and also supports AGBIS in relation to governance training.

    Sam is married and has a teenage daughter. When she is not a taxi driver to her daughter, she enjoys cooking, entertaining, the theatre, and is learning to play the drums. As a family they enjoy travelling and are trying not to visit the same country twice. They are succeeding so far.