Northern Conference 2011

Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011, 08:45 - 18:00


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 Welcome to CFDG’s fourth Northern conference. We are delighted to be in Manchester, at the Renaissance Hotel in June 2011.

Just one year into the coalition Government it is clear that the sector landscape has changed – and continues to do so. Charities are looking to their finance professionals for ever greater expertise and knowledge – now is the time to ensure you are well briefed and in touch.

The 2011 Northern Conference brings together eight session speakers from the corporate and charity world – covering topics from the future of the UK SORP, impact reporting and legal matters to accounting essentials.

Our three plenary speakers are well-known sector voices – who will no doubt provide us with thought provoking and stimulating ideas:
Kevin Curley, Chief Executive, NAVCA
Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive, DSC
Julia Unwin, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

With two streams the conference provides a stimulating and thought provoking set of sessions for you to choose from.

During the day there is ample time to discuss issues and share experiences with finance professionals who are facing similar challenges. The conference can also support your personal development plan with five hours of CPD.

With excellent road and rail links from the North and the Midlands we look forward to seeing many of you in Manchester.

Book early to ensure your place is reserved.

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The Reception


Delegates attending the conference are invited to stay for the reception immediately following the end of the programme.

The reception provides the ideal opportunity to network with speakers and delegates at the end of the day.


The Exhibition

There will be an exhibition alongside the conference programme. Exhibitors working in a range of service areas will be available for delegates to meet, ask questions and share information.

The informal setting is an excellent opportunity to find products and service suppliers who can assist in tackling your charities' problems and who can help to make the management of your charity more efficient.

The conference timetable allows delegates plenty of opportunity to browse the exhibition and network during breaks.

The following companies are exhibiting at this year's Northern Conference:

Co-Operative Bank -
Grant Thornton UK LLP -
Haysmacintyre -
Jupiter -
Lloyds TSB Commercial -
M&G Investments -
Newton Investment Management -
PS Financials -
Rathbone Investment Management -
Royal London Cash Management -
Sarasin & Partners -
Travelex -
Zurich Insurance Plc -


Presentations available below.  Click session titles to download PDFs

5hrs CPD


8:45-9:30    Registration/Exhibiton open
9:45-10:00    Chair's Welcome to Conference
Mark Hilton, Sheffield Museums & CFDG Trustee

10:00-10:30    PLENARY

Feeling the cuts in the North - looking at the impact on the sector for organisations generally pdf icon

As the cuts bite, charities close, jobs are lost and volunteers sent home, what on earth can we do?  And are there any positives to hang on to?  Kevin Curley will urge us to defend the sector and try to cheer us up
Kevin Curley, NAVCA
10:30-11:15    SESSION 1

1A: Social enterprise - the future of the sector?  pdf icon

The Government’s interest in social enterprise as a route for the delivery of public services and the empowerment of communities is leading to a  growing role for social entrepreneurs.  Peter Holbrook, CEO of the Social Enterprise Coalition, will discuss the options and opportunities which exist for charities and those with whom they work, including understanding and taking the best bits of collaboration and social innovation.  Highlighting he political landscape and current appetite for social enterprise Peter will address the confusion which exists around this topic, the challenges and opportunities for the social enterprise movement and debate whether the future of the sector lies in the hands of the social entrepreneurs.
Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise Coalition

1B: Accounting update pdf icon

This session will cover International Standards, FRED 45 - the latest proposals for a Financial Reporting Standard for Public Benefit Entities (FRSPBE), FRSME and other sector developments.
Rob Aitken & Sue Hutchinson, Baker Tilly

11:15-11:45    TEA/COFFEE break & time to explore the exhibition

11:45-12:30    SESSION 2

2A: The future of the UK charity SORP and the Public Benefit Entity Standard pdf icon

In this session Janet will discuss the SORP Committee's current plans regarding the timing, content and format for the next charities SORP.  She will also discuss the new draft public Benefit Entity Standard and highlight some of the changes and implications of the proposed new framework for Finance Directors.
Janet Slade, Charity Commission

2B: Legal update pdf icon

Ros and Emma's session will focus on the the review of the Charities Act and any changes in the legal environment flowing from implementation of parts of the Act, eg CIOs.
Ros Harwood & Emma Moody, Dickinson Dees

12:30-13:00    PLENARY

A Take on Big Society Localisation and all that jazz…

Big Society vs big society?  Is this a meaningful vision or merely a political slogan to divert attention away from painful cuts.  Debra Allcock Tyler will discuss this and how it impacts on charities.
Debra Allcock Tyler, Directory of Social Change
13:00-14:00    LUNCH & time to explore the exhibition
14:00-14:45    SESSION 3

3A: Impact Reporting in the UK Charity Sector pdf icon

This session will be presented by two previous students of Cass Business School, Kate Harrison and Nicola Robert who launched a piece of research on impact reporting at the CFDG 2010 Annual Conference.  Here they will be speaking about their research findings on the current state of impact reporting in the UK charity sector, reported in a CFDG and Cass publication this year.
Kate Harrison and Nicola Robert, Former students of CASS Business School

3B : Cloud cuckoo land? pdf icon

Andrew will be talking about how CAN moved all its IT services onto the cloud. He will discuss the risks and the rewards of this ambitious project and will explain how this market-leading social enterprise has reaped the benefits of a much more nimble and focussed IT infrastructure.
Andrew Croft, CAN Mezzanine

14:45-15:30    SESSION 4

4A: Collaborate, Merge or Die -  the good the bad and the ugly of preventing insolvency pdf icon

In the current economic climate should we all be considering merger and collaboration to ensure our survival? Peter Gotham, of Gotham Erskine (not for profit specialists) and Begbies Traynor (corporate recovery specialists), will share his knowledge of the realities of charities in trouble; looking at the opportunities to prevent insolvency that can all too easily be missed. When financial crisis hits merger, stream lining services or working with others can all provide options.  Where unavoidable a managed wind down doesn’t automatically spell the complete end but can lead to projects, activities and/or staff being rescued through clear, early focus on the realities. This session will explore the lessons to be taken from the past, managing the expectations of staff, which can act as a barriers to working together and the importance of strong, realistic  boards in avoiding collapse.
Peter Gotham, Gotham Erskine LLP

4B: Being a charity employer in the current climate pdf icon

How to manage change: This session will provide an overview of the HR issues that face many businesses involved in down-sizing, merging or undergoing other organisational transformation.  Mark and Martyn will also look at how to consult and work with existing staff to build a business strategy to manage change and future growth.
Mark Sykes & Martyn Potter, PKF (UK) LLP

15:30-16:00    TEA/COFFEE break & time to explore the exhibition
16:00-16:30    PLENARY

Facing the future; leading your charity in tough times pdf icon

Anyone leading a charity in the current climate is facing a tough time. Julia Unwin will speak from her experience about the challenges we face, and the different strategies, skills and styles that are needed for charities in the coming decade.
Julia Unwin, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
16:30-16:40    Chair's Close of Conference

16:40-18:00    Reception and networking  

Venue Details


Renaissance Hotel, Blackfriars Street, MANCHESTER, M3 2EQ

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Bookings & Prices


  • CFDG Subscriber - £196.00;
  • Non CFDG Subscriber - £278.00;
  • Speaker - FREE;
  • Chair - FREE;
  • CFDG Member - £121.00;
  • CFDG Memb Colleague - £132.00;
  • Non CFDG Member - £139.00;

Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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