IT Conference 2012

Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012, 09:00 - 18:30


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We are delighted to announce the 2012 CFDG IT Conference

Catch up with new trends in ICT with the 2012 CFDG IT Conference. As ever, this promises to be a lively and informative day. We have put together a programme that we hope you will find both interesting and challenging. The key underlying theme this year is the importance of  seeing ICT as an enabler rather than just a cost-centre. We will be looking  at how to reduce the risks that ICT brings to your organisation whilst focussing on the practical ways that it can help you deliver services and engage with stakeholders.

As usual we will have two streams to the conference giving you a choice of ten sessions to attend. There will be a mixture of charity case-studies - eg Jane Deal of RNIB on project management and Mark Hallam of RNLI on setting IT strategy - as well as expert guidance. We have sessions that will look at the opportunities presented by the blossoming of social media in the past few years; at the benefits that can be achieved from outsoucing IT services.

We are sure the combination of strategic focus and technological trends will give you food for thought and help you understand the impact and implications of IT for your organisation.

Why you need to attend?

• Get your complete update on all IT issues you should be aware of in 201 2  in just one day
• Meet colleagues and discuss other organisations’ experiences
• Hear high-level speakers from the corporate and charity world

Who should attend?

Finance Directors, Directors of Resources, IT Directors, IT Managers, Chief Executives, Trustees with an interest in IT

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The Reception

Delegates attending the conference are invited to a 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 the 2012 IT Conference:

ASI Europe -
Blackbaud -
Broadgate -
Capita IB Solutions -
Horizon Computers -
IP Performance -
Iris -
Kingston Smith -
M-hance -
Premier IT -
Probitas -
PS Financials -
RCS London Ltd -
Sayer Vincent -
thankQ -
Touchstone Group -


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This year we will have two streams, enabling you to pick the sessions that are most relevant for your organisation


09:00-09:45    REGISTRATION

09:45-10:00    WELCOME BY CHAIR

John Tate, CFDG IT Advisor


Post-Bureaucratic Government, Open Platforms, and Innovation: Why Government IT should never be the same again

Mark Thompson, Director of Strategy, Methods Consulting, Lecturer in Information Systems at Judge Business School, IT Futures Advisor, Cabinet Office

Mark explains how recent developments in open standards and supporting technologies are already having exciting, radically disruptive consequences for traditional ways of thinking about IT.  As a result, we will soon be designing organisations differently, procuring technology differently, and expecting radically different behaviours from our suppliers.  Mark has been a key thinker in the development of an emerging climate within public sector IT based on open standards, and his ideas have been taken up by policymakers including the Cabinet Office.


11:10-11:55    SESSION 1

1A Project Management "It Ain't What You Do, It's The Way That You Do It!"

Jane Deal, Head of Information & Knowledge Systems, RNIB

This session will cover some of the common pitfalls that affect projects, particularly those involving IT, and how to mitigate against them, whether the project be large or small.

1B Outsourcing IT

Trevor Skingle, IT & Facilities Manager, Redr

Trevor will talk about the need for external buy in of IT support from RCS for RedR UK, small organisation deploying in country in difficult situations with limited resources. The session will look at the broad range of technical support required, managing risks and expectations, and an example of a long term in country issue that is being resolved with RCS’s support.


12:00-12:45    SESSION 2

2A Strategy for the IT FD

Mark Hallam, Finance & Information Systems Director, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Mark is very focused on his dual role as both Finance and IS director at the RNLI, and changed his job title on joining to give equal prominence to both roles. He will discuss his role as the non technical, technical IT expert on the RNLI's management team, and how he both maintains a high profile of the IT department's strategy, vision, issues and risks within the organisation, and leads a broad team of IT professionals as a non IT professional director.

2B How to move a datacentre

Brychan Watkins, Head of IS & Ben Grinstead, Senior Infrastructure Analyst, Action for Children

In 2010 Action for Children moved its primary datacentre into the Global Switch Datacentre in docklands and 4 months later moved its secondary datacentre into its new administrative site in Watford. This presentation describes what it took to do this successfully, some of the key technical decisions that made it successful, the reasons for the decision to move the data centre and the benefits that have come from it, both intentional and unexpected.


13:45-14:30    SESSION 3

3A Social Media

Liz Cable, Social Media Consultant, Reach Further 

Liz Cable will talk about how social media can help charities and NGOs get their voices heard.  Specifically she will focus on how social media can engage supporters with your work.

3B Reviewing your IT needs

Ian Pritchard, Partner, Sayer Vincent & Laura Dawson, Head of Information Systems, RSPB

The economic outlook for 2012 is challenging to say the least and the commercial availability of Information Technology is both an opportunity and a threat.  The expectation that charities will do more with less is bound to be huge. What questions should CEOs and Finance Directors be asking their heads of IT? Do the traditional approaches to strategic planning still work or has technology evolved in a way that means we need to change the way we plan and manage it? In this session, Laura Dawson of the RSPB and Iain Pritchard of Sayer Vincent will consider a range of models for evaluating IT, how to work out what needs to change, what should be left alone, and what will constitute fit for purpose in an uncertain future.


14:35-15:20    SESSION 4

4A Cyber Crime & Fraud

Steve Proffitt, Deputy Head and Assurance Manager, Action Fraud 

Steve will talk about Action Fraud and what the reporting centre reports.  He will also give some basic tips around fraud prevention.

4B Achieving Durable Security: Being honest about what you can really do

Tom Whipp, Head of Risk, The Oval Group

Tom will recap current likely threats to charity organisations (internal, external and environmental) and then look at the psychology/criminology theories that need to be considered when of implementing controls and end by considering what are the real world success factors for delivering security improvements both in terms of resourcing and organisational politics.



Web 3.0 – challenge or opportunity for accountants?

Clive Holtham, Professor of Information Management; Director; Cass Learning Laboratory

Web 3.0 is the semantic web, where structured information becomes embedded into objects and systems, which can then communicate which other reliably on a machine to machine basis. This has the potential to destabilise many professions whose central purpose is the collection, analysis and re-presentation of information. But it could also open up tremendous possibilities for the exploitation of information by individuals, professionals, organisations and society as a whole. This presentation reviews both possibilities and concludes with an opinion on the speed and nature of change.



Venue Details


The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LONDON, WC2A 3PE

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Bookings & Prices


  • Charity Member - £129.00;
  • Charity Member Colleague - £139.00;
  • Combi offer 1st Person - £241.00;
  • Combi offer 2nd Person - FREE;
  • Non Member Charity - £185.00;
  • CFDG Corporate Subscriber - £258.00;
  • Other Corporate - £386.00;
  • Speaker - FREE;
  • Chair - FREE;
  • Exhibitor - FREE;
  • Staff - FREE;
  • Press - FREE;

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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