Lynne McKenzie

Management Accountant


The Management Accountant works closely with all departments to provide timely and accurate financial information to the Senior Management Group and Board of Trustees. Working closely with the department heads she is responsible for developing the annual operating budgets and preparing monthly management reporting. Annually she takes a leading role in preparation of the annual financial statements (the statutory accounts) in accordance with the Charities SORP and liaising with external auditors.


Another Scot in the Ri team, Lynne grew up on the Moray Firth Coast of Scotland. After studying Business Studies in Aberdeen she moved to London to gain her professional accountancy qualification. Not content with the travelling the distance from Aberdeen to London she moved to Nashville, TN in the mid 90s. In 2012 Lynne fulfilled an ambition to use her skills in an international development context working on a VSO placement in Sierra Leone. This was followed with a role with Save the Children UK which allowed her to travel to Afghanistan, DRC, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

Scientific Inspiration

Many of my sentences begin “I was listening to this programme in Radio 4….” and it must be said this has rekindled my interest in science (which had been weakened when I failed O grade Physics). By lucky coincidence an In Our Time on Michael Faraday was broadcast just after I accepted this role so I felt better informed when I entered this amazing building and was lucky enough to hold one of his notebooks in the archive. 

Favourite experiment/demo

I love the ExpeRimental series and have shared the make your own lava lamp with many of my friends to try with their children.

Best thing about the Ri

The challenges every day present as I learn about all the amazing programmes we run which cover all ages.