Celebrating over 25 years
of charity support

A bit of history – Trust Advice grew out of Independent Examiners, which started over 25 years ago under the watchful eye of its founder, Daryl Martin. He is well known around the charity sector and has built on 30 years in the banking sector by serving another 25 years in the charity world. Daryl’s relational style has always remained at the heart of the organisation.

It is so good to see so many of our original clients still with us since those early days. Originally the business was focused on independent examinations for charities – that’s where it all started. Independent Examiners Ltd is still going strong and over the years has looked after the accounting needs of thousands of charities. Today there’s a great team of specialists providing the UK’s leading Independent Examination service. Do check out their website:

In 2010, after years of building his network of trusted friends and clients, Daryl set up Advice For the Voluntary Sector, which later became Trust Advice, as a membership led, support and advice organisation to provide ongoing charity advice and training. This new venture grew and brought together a diverse range of staff and partners capable of handling all manner of charity matters.
As a membership organisation, it was designed to benefit both larger and smaller charities & churches that needed an outside resource. At the end of 2019 Daryl began exploring the hope of a quieter life! He had often spoken of such a transition but the timing never felt right. Over the months that followed into 2020 the ownership and responsibility of the business moved into family hands, in the shape of his daughter and son-in-law, James and Deb Pavey. 
As the business made its transition in March 2020, so the world moved into some very unknown territory. After a complex season both internally and in the country, Trust Advice and Independent Examiners emerged stronger and more resilient that ever. One the last four years we have been privileged to help hundreds of charities do the same and we would love to help you.

We are very transparent and are always happy to talk with old and new clients, so do drop us a line or give us a call if you would like to know anything more about our unique business.

Our team

We have over 25 years’ experience in working with a broad range of charities, helping them to prosper and thrive. Our team of friendly advisers, trainers and administrators also have vast knowledge of the issues facing trustees and those in operations and finance – so no matter what your query, we have the expertise to assist you.


: Governance
: Training


: Operations
: Set-up


: Governance
: Support


: Governance
: Structures


: Finance
: Trusteeship

Janice Pollock

: Gift Aid
: Support

Jane Kenton

: Admin
: Support


: Training 
: Strategy


: Training 
: Leadership


: Training 
: Governance

We would love to hear from anyone interested in joining our team. In particular we are developing our Remote Training network and would be interested in experienced charity specific trainers north of the Midlands and into Scotland.