Phil Hope helps CFDG celebrate its 20th anniversary

20th February 2008

Phil Hope, the Minister for the Third Sector will be giving a keynote speech at the Charity Finance Directors' Group 20th Anniversary celebrations on 27th February.

Phil Hope speaking in advance of the event said: "CFDG offers valuable services to its members and this is reflected in its continued growth. I want charities to be able to make the most of all the opportunities out there and CFDG plays an important role in giving them the support they need to do it. It gives me great pleasure to help CFDG celebrate its success to date."

CFDG's 20th anniversary celebrations will take place in St Paul's Crypt on 27th November and will see over 200 sector figures coming together to celebrate CFDG's progress over the last two decades.

CFDG came into being in 1987 and was the brainchild of Adrian Randall, then new to the sector as finance secretary of the Cancer Research Campaign. Adrian Randall said: "When I started out in the charity world there was little or no support for senior charity finance staff. This was particularly true for many of us accountants who were new to the sector with a need to get up to speed quickly and go on keeping up to date with developments. So a small group of us got together over a 'pie and a pint' to learn from one another which then led to the formation of CFDG."

From this start CFDG has progressed over twenty years to become one of the major umbrella organisations in the sector with over 1,400 members and a portfolio of products and services for members spanning membership, policy, best practice, and professional development.

CFDG will also be launching a book, sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP and The Royal Bank of Scotland ("RBS"), to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Entitled "The Role of the Finance Director" the book looks at the changing role of the Finance Director over the last 20 years. Andrew Hind, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission in his foreword said: "What stands out in this comprehensive review of the Finance Director role are five key themes: leadership, professionalism, relationships, learning and accountability. The increase in professionalism of the Finance Director role over the last 20 years is the thread running through the book."

Keith Hickey, Chief Executive of CFDG and editor of the book said: "This book celebrates the role of CFDG in the sector over the last 20 years and explores the role of the Charity Finance Director through the eyes of those in the know. Each chapter is written by a Charity Finance Director with proven expertise and experience in the area in which they are writing. This book will be an essential reference tool for anyone working in finance."

The 20th anniversary celebrations are supported by CFDG subscriber companies Anglo Irish Bank, Horwath Clark Whitehill LLP and PS Financials Plc.

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Notes to Editor:

1. The Charity Finance Directors' Group was set up in 1987 and is an umbrella group that specialises in helping charities to manage their finance-related functions.

2. CFDG's 1,400 plus members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £13.7 billion in charity income per year.

3. Main sponsors of the event are:

  • Anglo Irish Bank, which is among the most respected of financial institutions operating in Britain and Northern Ireland. The bank provides a comprehensive range of Corporate Treasury Services and International Trade Services, Commercial Property Finance and a broad range of Personal Savings accounts.
  • Horwath Clark Whitehill LLP, which is a leading firm of accountants in the UK and is represented in over 15 locations throughout the country. Their world-wide network, Horwath International, services clients in 415 offices around the world. Their high partner to staff ratio demonstrates their commitment to personal service.
  • PS Financials provides a real accounting solution for Charity FDs and is already widely used by medium and large charities and NFP organisations that all benefit enormously from its ease of use, automation of processes and ability to show the 'total' financial picture - all of which saves them significant time and costs. PS Financials was voted top in the Charity Finance accounting software survey (February 2008) in the categories best supplier and best accounting software.

4. Mains sponsors of the book are:

  • Grant Thornton UK LLP, which has a national team of dedicated specialists providing a full range of audit, tax and other advisory services to organisations in the charity and not-for-profit sector. They operate from 40 offices across the country with over 300 partners and 4,400 staff.
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland ("RBS Group") is one of the world's leading financial services companies providing a range of retail and corporate banking, financial markets, consumer finance, insurance, and wealth management services. RBS Group serves more than 36 million personal customers world-wide and employing more than 140,000 people. In addition to the provision of a full range of banking services under The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest brands, RBS Group also includes Citizens Financial Group, Ulster Bank, Coutts Group, Direct Line and Churchill.
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