Sam qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in 2000, working in the charities department of Mazars. The following year she moved to Uganda where she has lived and worked ever since. She started off auditing with a local audit firm with predominantly NGO clients, then moved to consulting and training with Aclaim Africa Ltd, with assignments in Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Rwanda as well as across many districts in Uganda. She was accredited as a Humentum (Mango) Associate trainer in 2004, and delivered the course that became the precursor to FMD Pro, as well as their training of trainers course.
Sam spent two years as part time Chief Financial Officer of a tourism business before returning to the NGO world as Grants Management Advisor to VSO, supporting a programme with 28 sub-grantees in Northern Uganda. Having tasted the INGO experience, she took on the role of CFO of a small local organisation preparing for its first USAID grant as a sub of Catholic Relief Services.
Sam returned to full time work in 2017 as Regional Director East Africa for Humentum, where she was also the internal ‘Subject Matter Expert’ for financial management training and developed a ‘Fighting Fraud in NGOs’ course. Sam has passed PMD Pro and is excited about the crucial complementarity between PMD Pro and FMD Pro. Sam is currently Project Director for IFR4NPO at Humentum, an initiative to develop internationally applicable financial reporting guidance for non-profit organisations. Sam has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is honoured to serve on four other boards at present.