Mira Kelly Ltd

Fundraising consultancy Mira Kelly has a roster of international clients that you don’t come across every day. From the Kyiv School of Economics in Russia and the historic Convento dos Cardaes in Portugal to the Netherlands’ Groninger University and Gray’s Inn, part of the UK’s legal heartland, organisations worldwide benefit from the expert advice of Mira Kelly founder John Kelly and his team of consultants on improving their fundraising performance. 

John, a pioneer figure in British and European fundraising, had used HB&O as his personal accountants for many years, so when he founded John Kelly Consulting Ltd in 2010 – which was subsequently renamed Mira Kelly in 2012 – it made sense to continue to work with the HB&O team, including charities specialist Mark Ashfield. 

Mira Kelly has its own in-house business manager, Melody Fuller, who works on a self-employed basis to deal with its financial issues on a day-to-day basis, with  HB&O preparing annual financial statements and providing ad hoc advice, for example on tax issues. 

Melody highlights the way that HB&O acts as her “first port of call” for advice and is able to provide a complete spectrum of support as particular benefits from the relationship. 

She says: “For example, John and a group of longstanding colleagues, all based in Europe, created the MIRA Alliance to promote and share best practice. With Mark’s advice and help, the alliance was incorporated as MIRA Partnership Ltd in the UKin January 2013. 

“In a completely different area, HB&O also deal with John’s and my own tax returns. People might wonder why someone like me, who works in accounts, would pay an accountant but it’s because of my job that I really appreciate what they do.  

“HB&O as a team are very approachable and I am always able to speak to someone there when I need to. Whatever I have put their way, they’ve always been able to deal with it.”