Finance and IT directors must be influential, says Robina Chatham

20th January 2009

Dr. Robina Chatham, visiting fellow at Cranfield School of Management has said, “Finance Directors and IT Directors often lack the influence that their position demands and that their organisations need. Acquiring it means mastering the skills that will allow them to thrive in the jungle of corporate politics and win the ear of their CEO.”

Dr. Chatham was speaking ahead of her address to the Charity Finance Directors' Group’s annual IT conference on 19th March, which this year will be focusing on “Risks and Rewards”. Dr. Chatham has just been awarded a medal for the BSC IT industry award “IT Consultant of the Year.”

CFDG chief executive Keith Hickey says, “This conference presents an excellent opportunity for delegates to get up to speed on the key IT issues coming up in 2009, by listening to high-level speakers from across the charity and corporate sectors and networking with peers.”

The conference features sessions including information security, return on IT investment, disaster recovery and measuring sustainability performance. The closing plenary session will be presented by Robert Carolina from Origin ltd., on the close of the cyberspace frontier and the de-globalisation of the internet. There will be a reception for all delegates following the end of the conference.

The conference will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Delegate should include Finance Directors, Directors of Resources and IT, IT Managers, Chief Executives and Trustees with an interest in IT.

The conference is kindly being sponsored by Sayer Vincent and Touchstone Group.

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Notes to Editor:

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. CFDG’s 1,560 plus members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £14.7 billion in charity income per year.

Sayer Vincent ( is a specialist firm of consultants and auditors for the charity sector. With five partners and over 30 professional staff we are one of the largest teams of charity specialists. As well as external audit and internal audit, we work with charities to implement their strategies, get more out of IT and help to handle mergers and other major change.

Touchstone ( is a software and services company, committed to providing solutions to meet the unique requirements of Not for Profit organisations. Touchstone’s portfolio of solutions and services enables Not for Profit organisations to streamline and optimise their core business processes, implement effective customer relationship management systems, integrate disparate systems and meet their reporting obligations including SORP compliant reporting, partial VAT, fund reporting and cost recovery. Clients include organisations such as Comic Relief, RNID, Sport England, and UNICEF.


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