Thank you for taking time to find out more about us. We exist because organisations like yours need support to carry out the amazing work you do. It is a wonderful privilege to stand behind so many incredible stories; but we have our story too. If you are wondering who we are, what we stand for, and why we are still here after 25 years, please read on.

Celebrating 25 years of 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. So many of our clients have been around 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.

Ten years later...

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, 
the relationship between Independent Examiners and Advice For the Voluntary Sector has strengthened and AFVS now has the simpler name; Trust Advice.
Trust Advice looks after charities from start up and onward, supporting their journey to support others.

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.