Lindsay Hodgson MD: Profile
My name is Lindsay Hodgson and I am a fully qualified chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) having passed all exams at the first attempt. I am also a full member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR) and am a practising member of both institutes. I am one of circa 40 individuals authorised to sign audit reports in Rwanda. I have over 15 years’ international experience in financial services and corporate governance and have spent almost 8 years in Rwanda since 2002.
Prior to founding FAST, I previously worked for 5 years at KPMG, training first in London prior to being seconded to the Sydney office (both times employed within financial services departments). My clients were typically global and / or national leaders in their field. I subsequently worked for a further 3 years for the National Audit Office of England and Wales working on high risk and complex audit clients. I am experienced in IFRS, UK, Australian and Rwandan GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), and have worked in a variety of sectors and markets.
More recently I worked as a Group Company Secretary where I reported directly to the CEO and shareholders of the group on all corporate secretarial and legal matters, as well as preparing board packs for presentation to the Board of Directors and for the Executive Committee. I have extensive experience of Rwandan Company law requirements in addition to a comprehensive understanding of the Rwandan Labour law of 2009.
I have been highly rated against my peers in previous roles particularly in my communication and client management skills. I was shortlisted for an annual award at the National Audit Office for teamwork on the Department of Health audit.
I am fluent in spoken French and frequently use French when liaising with local colleagues and external legal and accounting partners. I also speak basic Kinyarwanda which often helps to break the ice locally!
I have a Masters Degree in Astrophysics from the University of Newcastle in the UK and my final year research was published in the scientific journal ‘Astronomy and Astrophysics’