CFG is a registered charity, number 1054914. It is also a Company Limited by Guarantee, number 3182826. To download a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association, click here
The CFG Constitution allows for a maximum of ten Trustees; seven of whom must be CFG members and are elected by the members, the other three can be co-opted by the Trustees to fill skills gaps that they have been identified. Each elected Trustee serves initially for a three year period whereupon they can stand for election for a second three years, after which they must stand down for at least one year before being eligible to stand again. The Chair must be elected by the Trustees from amongst their number. The full Board normally meets five times a year, one of which is a ‘strategy day’.
Ian Theodoreson (Chair)
Ian joined the Board in March 2011 and was elected Chair in September 2011. He has been Chief Finance Officer of the Church of England (including the Archbishops’ Council, the Church Commissioners for England and the Church of England Pensions Board) since the end of January 2009. Reporting to the Church Commissioners, Ian is responsible for the financial management and reporting for the three bodies, which have a combined annual turnover of around £350 million. He also coordinates strategic thinking on financial issues and oversees the operation of the national institutions’ financial policy, planning and budget setting.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ian worked for ten years for Ernst & Young, rising to senior manager before moving into the charity sector, firstly as Finance Director with Save the Children (1987) and then in a wider role as UK Director of Corporate Resources with Barnardo’s (1995). At Barnardo’s he was responsible for finance, IT, property and facilities, HR and legal services. He was one of the founders of the Charity Finance Group and the Charity Consortium (which has since become the Large Charities Special Interest Group at CFG) and served on the original Charity Commission SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) Committee. In recent years, he has led the sector in representations to Government on changes to the Pension Protection Fund Levy.
Gill Gibb (formerly Nunn) (Deputy Chair)
Gill joined the Board in 2008. She is now the Chief Executive Officer of Canterbury Oast Trust. Previously she worked as a Director at the Charity Employees Benevolent Fund, and at CAF as Director of Charity Business Development, working on product development and innovation side of marketing with a focus on private clients.
Having held a number of executive positions with HBOS plc over an 18 year career, Gill has a strong track record in achieving sales growth and service improvements and has led major organisational change in different parts of the business including the Retail Bank, Call Centres and Estate Agency. Gill is a Trustee for Centrepoint and a member of the Charity Tax Group as well as being a keen marathon runner to raise funds for various charities.
Diane is Head of Corporate Services for the South West Lakes Trust and its subsidiaries, which includes St Austell China Clay Museum, and has worked for the charity since it was established in 2000. Her role includes responsibility for financial management, administration, IT and personnel and she is Company Secretary of its subsidiaries. She is also on the Finance and Resources Committee of Dimensions (UK) Ltd.
Prior to joining the charity sector she worked at a senior level in industry and commerce for 20 years and is now a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
Kevin Barnes is Director of Finance at Barnardo's. He has worked for Barnardo's since 2004, initially as the senior accountant responsible for the finances of over 400 services across the UK and as Director of Finance since 2008.
Prior to joining Barnardo's he was Director of Finance at Royal London Society for the Blind and has held a number of voluntary roles in the charity sector. Kevin joined the Board of CFG in 2011.
Mark joined the Board in 2009 and is Head of Finance at Relate, the relationship people, a national federated charity that is England’s largest provider of relationship support. He has over 15 years’ experience in the sector, previously Director of Finance & Resources at Museums Sheffield, where he held responsibility for its finance and non-programme related functions as well as being the Accounting Officer for Renaissance Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Hub for Museums. He previously worked for KPMG for 11 years, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. His roles at KPMG encompassed audit, advising small owner managed businesses, finishing as a Manager in Corporate Finance.
He has chaired the Northern Steering Committee of CFG since 2006 and also is on the Board of Sensoria Limited, a not for profit company organising an annual music & film festival in Sheffield.
Sally O’Neill is Director of Finance at the Royal Opera House. She has 12 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, having previously spent 5 years as Finance Director at the Historic Royal Palaces and 7 years as Financial Controller at the National Theatre. She is also a Trustee of Battersea Arts Centre and The Young Vic.
She said: “It is tough being a charity FD, and it’s only going to get tougher. However, it is also one of the best jobs going, and one of the key reasons for this is the support and contacts made within the sector through groups such as CFG. I welcome the opportunity to become a trustee for the next term and add my support to the forward strategy and programme of work.”
Rosie joined the Board in September 2011. She is an independent charity advisor and co-founder of Belinda Pratten and Rosie Chapman Associates. Until summer 2011 Rosie was director of policy and effectiveness at the Charity Commission, a role she held for ten years. Prior to joining the Commission, Rosie was an assistant director (regulation policy) at the Housing Corporation. She has also worked for a housing association and has acted as company secretary for a number of charities. Rosie is currently a member of NCVO's Charity Law Review Advisory Group, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a trustee of Catalyst Gateway, a community development charity.
Nicki Deeson ACA
Nicki joined the Board in September 2012. She has been Head of Finance at Alzheimer's Society since 2010, where she has found the pace of change, arising from the growing public awareness of dementia, exciting and challenging. She qualified with Coopers & Lybrand in 1992 and then joined the charity sector, firstly working as a volunteer accountant in Bangladesh and Africa, and then in UK-based roles for overseas development charities until 2008. During 2009, she worked as a virtual FD with a number of smaller charities, before taking on her current role.
Her job satisfaction comes from driving through improvements and learning from others' experience to do things even better in the future. She was first a member of CFG in 1995 and is keen to support CFG's developments and through this, the effectiveness of the charity sector as a whole.
Kevin Curley CBE
Kevin Curley CBE was appointed as Chief Executive of NAVCA in January 2003 and led the charity until February 2012. NAVCA champions and strengthens voluntary and community action by supporting its members in their work with over 160,000 local charities and community groups.
Kevin has extensive experience of local voluntary sector support and development organisations, having led CVS in Derby, Hull and Leicestershire. His previous experience also includes overseas development work with VSO, as a Programme Director in Vietnam and Tanzania. Between 1998-2001 he was the Chief Executive of Headway, the UK health charity for people with head injuries. He has also worked for Hull City Council as the Healthy Cities Co-ordinator.
Kevin was a member of the Treasury independent challenge group for the spending review 2010. He has also been a member of both the Treasury third sector review group and the Cabinet Office public services action plan steering group.
Uday Thakkar joined the Board in 2012. Uday founded and heads up the specialist social economy, advisor, consultancy and training social enterprise Red Ochre.
Uday is also a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. In 1998 he helped launch and manage the pioneering charity Smartresources which used web technology to channel resources from employees of large corporations to some of the smallest charities in the country.
Uday specialises in strategy, finance and governance. He created and has run the charity finance workshops for the Directory of Social Change since 2008. He has run charity finance workshops across the UK and abroad. He is popular strategy facilitator and his workshops are attended by almost a 1,000 people every year. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and writes and comments on the sector in the national media.
Uday is currently the Chair of NAZ Project London and a trustee of the Mayor of London's Thames Festival Trust, where he sits on the finance committee.