Steve Harper


Steve works with a variety of charities, with a particular focus on international charities, service delivery charities and education-related charities.

In addition to statutory audit, Steve has assisted clients in a wide range of areas including financial due diligence, reviews of overseas country offices and other reviews in a wide variety of areas including internal audits.

Steve has spoken at a wide variety of events including haysmacintyre seminars and the Civil Society NGO Insight conference. He has had articles published on a variety of topics including donor audit pitfalls, cost recovery and budgeting for not for profits. Steve leads engagement with international charities – he runs a seminar programme for international charities, and he is the editor of the International Charity Financial Benchmarking Report.  

Steve is a trustee and treasurer of two charities which brings a wider perspective and empathy with the sector to his work.


2 February 2022
What are the practical considerations that you need to make when planning a merger? A look at the models, timelines, culture changes, stakeholder engagements and alternatives, as well as what makes for a successful merger.
9 December 2021
As the pandemic hit the charity sector, much was said about the likely consolidation of NGOs through merger and acquisition. Is “merger” still a dirty word in the charity sector and what are the actual risks and benefits?
3 September 2020
The crises this year has placed many NGOs in financial difficulty. Mergers have become an option considered by charity leaders and trustees alike from a position of financial necessity, but they may not be the only option.