Ian Oakley-Smith

Charities Leader, PwC United Kingdom

Ian heads PwC’s work with charity clients, coordinating its work across PwC’s different lines of service. Ian is passionate about the charity sector and spends his time ensuring that PwC supports its charity clients to the fullest extent possible.

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and has been working in the charity and social purpose sector since 1998, often working with charities operating at a deficit or in financial difficulty, seeking recovery or restructuring solutions. In recent years, much of Ian’s work is now with charities looking to develop their strategy and/or manage their risks.

Ian is a member of the Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales Charities and Voluntary Sector Special Interest Group and the Governance & Audit Committee of The Lord’s Taverners, a charity supporting disadvantaged young people.

Ian has collaborated with Charity Finance Group and Institute of Fundraising to write seven reports entitled “Managing in a Downturn/Managing in the New Normal”, issued between December 2008 and April 2014. He has also co-written a book, published by the Directory of Social Change in September 2009, entitled “Managing in a Downturn: Staying Solvent and Surviving Well”.

Ian has also developed a lot of experience in the travel and tourism sector since 1997, often working with tour operators and/or travel agents experiencing financial challenges. He has worked on a number of high profile insolvency appointments. Most recently, these include Holidays 4 U (2011), Goldtrail Travel (2010) and Globespan (2009).


  • Charities


  • Business recovery services