Chief Executive - Caron Bradshaw
Caron Bradshaw joined CFG in June 2010 from the ICAEW, where she was Head of the Charity and Voluntary Sector and had responsibility for shaping the ICAEW's engagement with the sector and delivery of technical and member support.
Having trained as a Barrister, Caron held a variety of roles at the ICAEW during 16 years including providing front line support to members as Head of the Ethics Advisory Service and technical/policy input as a Business Law Manager. In addition to supporting a number of small charities and community organisations Caron is a member of the NCVO’s National Assembly, sits on the CIPFA Charities panel and has recently joined the board of the Directory of Social Change.
PA to the Chief Executive - Niroosha Loganathan
Niroosha has recently joined us as the PA providing executive support to the CEO, Caron Bradshaw.
Niroosha graduated the University College London with a degree in Psychology having published work on the Allocation of Scarce Medical resources. Niroosha has also worked with fashion labels in a number of roles in marketing and PR industries delivering campaigns both online and in print.
Deputy Chief Executive - David Membrey
David joined CFG in September 2003, coming from the international development charity Book Aid International where he had been Deputy Director. Over his 25 years in the sector David has been extensively involved in finance, IT, project management and facilities management. At CFG he is responsible for corporate relations, event design and major projects. He has a Diploma in Charity Accounting from the ICAEW.
David represents CFG on various committees and is also a member of the Third Sector Committee of Socitm and the Treasurer of Index on Censorship.
Corporate Partnerships Executive - Dawn Mcnish-Walrond
As Corporate partnerships executive Dawn supports the DCEO in building and maintaining corporate relations.
Dawn joined CFG in March 2011, having worked for the commercial arm of the housing charity Shelter. Prior to this Dawn has worked for several Public Relations agencies managing printed, web based and radio PR campaigns for clients including The Prince’s Trust, The European Parliament, Dyson and De Beers. Dawn has a degree in Marketing and Media Studies, and is currently studying Law at BPP Law School.
Interim Finance Manager - Simon Evans
Simon manages the Finance Team.
Simon was Finance Director for Girlguiding UK for 11 years until March 2011.
Bookkeeper (part-time) - Esau Rahim
Esau joined CFG in April 2007 after having worked as a freelancer for several months. He normally works on a Thursday.
Over the years he has gained extensive finance experience in jobs with Sega, P&O and the Virgin Group.
In recent years he has worked for Kingston Smith Consultants as an accounts executive helping many small businesses and charities.
Bookkeeper - Getaneh Dires
A graduate in financial accounting at the university of Middlesex, Getaneh has been working in various charity firms as a bookkeeper. He joined CFG in November 2011 as a Finance Assistant.
Events Executive - Katherine Tucker
Katherine is responsible for the production of the meetings and conferences from programme planning to event delivery.
Katherine joined CFG in May 2012 - she has worked in events for over three years in both the commercial and charity sectors. She graduated from the University of St. Andrews and then went on to complete a masters in event and exhibition management.
Events Executive - Lizzy Birnie
Lizzy is responsible for the production of meetings, conferences and training events from programme planning to event delivery.
Lizzy joined CFG in August 2012, having previously worked as an Events Executive in a variety of in-house and agency roles. She has over 5 years Event Management Experience, as well as Diploma in Event Management with Public Relations.
Events Team Administrator - Avianne Escayg
Avianne manages the bookings for all CFG Events.
Avianne joined CFG at the start of 2012 wanting to move into the charity sector.
Prior to this Avianne has worked for several Entertainment and Record Companies.
Head of Membership and Information - Michael Dykes
Mike heads CFG’s delivery and development of member services and benefits, overseeing the management of the membership scheme and CRM database.
Mike joined CFG in April 2005 from Westwood Forster (a company supplying the not-for-profit sector with software to assist in supporter management, fundraising, income processing and so on) where he had spent the preceding 7 years in various guises managing customer relations, undertaking project management and consultancy.
Previously Mike had 11 years' experience managing the finance and administration of a charity providing a front-line housing advice, casework and representation service in London. Mike will be responsible for the overall running of the membership and information services at CFG, as well as the further development of these services and the recruitment of new members.
Membership and Information Executive - Margaret Waterfield
Margaret manages the CFG membership scheme and is the first point of contact for any membership related queries.
Margaret joined CFG in March 2005, having been working in the voluntary sector for the previous seven years.
Most recently she was at Christian Aid and the Alzheimer’s Society as part of the Supporter Care and Customer Relation teams.
Margaret wanted to return to working for a smaller charitable organisation, having worked for smaller charities early on in her career.
Website and IT Manager - Aimee White
Aimee is responsible for CFG's website and IT including major projects, tenders, contract renewals, and IT contractors.
Aimee joined CFG in April 2011 as the personal assistant to the CEO, and moved to the position of Website and IT Manager in July 2012.
Aimee is qualified in Microsoft Server Technologies (Server 2008 R2), has project managed the installation of new finance systems (Sage and Quickbooks) into various charities and start-up companies, has designed charity websites and SEO and SMO policies. She has also worked as a grant writer and project manager, securing funds for a women with learning disabilities charity, been a Webmaster, and also a Dell field technician.
Website and Information Officer - Octavia Coombs
Octavia is responsible for the daily and ongoing maintenance of the website.
Octavia joined CFG on a permanent basis in July 2008, following placements in London as a temporary worker at a variety of not-for-profit organisations including St. George's University of London. She moved to London looking to work in the charitable sector having previously worked for several commercial companies both in Hertfordshire and Leicester. She has completed the PRINCE2 Foundation course.
Head of Policy & Public Affairs - Jane Tully
Jane manages our policy, public affairs, press, research and good practice work.
Jane joined CFG in July 2011, having previously worked in both the voluntary and public sectors.
She joins from the Charity Commission, where she led the regulator’s work on the impact of the economic downturn on the charity sector. She has led a review of how charities can engage in social investment and worked on a new approach to regulating charities. She has also worked in public affairs, policy and research roles for the NSPCC, local government and European Commission.
Policy & Public Affairs Officer - Katherine Smithson
Katherine is responsible for a number of policy areas including Gift Aid, accounting, impact and public services delivery, as well as assisting in CFG’s public affairs, press, research and good practice work.
Katherine joined the CFG team in April 2010, following two policy internships within the sector and an interim position as Volunteer Manager for the charity Body & Soul. She has also in the past worked for Warwickshire Probation Service and the NHS.
Katherine has a degree in Psychology from the University of Warwick, and a Masters in Public Policy from King’s College London.
Policy & Public Affairs Officer - Melora Jezierska
Mel is responsible for a number of policy areas, including VAT, banking and fraud, as well as assisting with CFG’s public affairs, press, research and good practice work.
Melora joined CFG in June 2010. After graduating from the University of Bristol with a Master’s degree in International Security, she worked as a Parliamentary Researcher for an MP before starting in the Policy Team. She has also previously worked in a number of banking roles, most recently at Merrill Lynch. This is the first time she has worked for a charitable organisation.
Head of Marketing and Communications - Lindsay Derry
Lindsay leads our marketing, communications and events work - broadening our contact with the sector and ensuring our skills building and development programmes are right for finance managers at all stages of their career.
Lindsay has 25 years experience of working in the voluntary sector.
She worked for the RSPB and BirdLife International in a variety of roles covering membership recruitment, retention, appeals programmes, affinity schemes, mail order trading and communication planning. In her most recent role at RSPB she was a member of the management team for both Marketing and Public Affairs working on strategic planning, organisational structure, brand development and implementation and people management.
In 2004 Lindsay worked as an independent consultant for a number of charities, and in 2005 added the role of Regional Manager for CFG to her portfolio. The post was part-time, and in 2007 became the full-time post of Marketing and Communications Manager. Lindsay is a member of the Management Team, contributing to the strategic development of CFG, and leading on the of marketing and communications work . Lindsay is based for most of the week in her office in Potton in Bedfordshire.
Marketing, Events and Communications Officer - Tara Rowe
Tara is spending a year with CFG on the Charityworks Graduate Scheme and will be working alongside the Marketing team.
She joins us from vInspired, the National young volunteers’ charity, where she interned on their Team v programme and then became Projects Assistant for the Knowledge & Innovation team. Before this, she attended Durham University, studying Biological Sciences and working on numerous charity and voluntary projects.
Policy and Membership Officer - Douglas Hull
Having completed an undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Cambridge Douglas joined CFG in September 2012 through the Charityworks Graduate Trainee programme.
At university he was involved in a range of charitable organisations and has volunteered with HELP, a grassroots Nepali NGO and worked as an intern with Moving Mountains Trust, a small international development NGO.