CFDG Appoints New Chief Executive

5th January 2006

Today, Help the Aged and the Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG) are pleased to announce that Keith Hickey, Finance Director of Help the Aged, will take up the position of Chief Executive of the CFDG in April 2006.

Keith has been at Help the Aged for the past seven years. During this time the Charity's income has risen by 25% and he has driven through major initiatives in the areas of financial management and reporting, risk management, pensions, investment policy, property management, legal services and information technology. Before joining Help the Aged, he spent 21 months with a Housing Association, and prior to that, over 18 years with British Gas undertaking a variety of senior roles, his final position being Director of Finance and Planning, Power Generation.

Mike Lake, Director General of Help the Aged says:

'Keith has been with Help the Aged for 7 years and has been crucial in achieving the many changes in the Charity that we now take for granted. It has always been his ambition to lead an organisation and I am delighted that he has secured the appointment of Chief Executive of the CFDG. I am particularly pleased that his skills and experience gained as Finance Director at Help the Aged will be used more widely in this new role, which is extremely influential in the charity sector''

Paul Breckell, Chairman of the Charity Finance Directors' Group, says:
"We are delighted to have Keith join us as Chief Executive. It is an exciting time for CFDG as we roll out a new strategy supporting our ongoing commitment to deliver services that are valued by members and enable those with financial responsibility in the charity sector to develop and adopt best practice. Keith brings a wealth of experience in relation to charity finance and is well known and respected in the sector for his thinking, writing and speaking on the key strategic issues facing our membership. I am very much looking forward to working with him in his new role"


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