David Blunkett to speak at CFDG's Northern conference

7th May 2009

The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP will be the keynote speaker at the Charity Finance Directors' Group’s second Northern conference, ‘Steering Your Charity Through Changing Times.’ David Blunkett is the MP for Sheffield, Brightside, and is the author of the report, ‘Mutual Action, Common Purpose: empowering the Third Sector’. He will be sharing his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

CFDG’s second annual Northern conference will be held at the Palace Hotel in Manchester on 24th June. It will build on the success of CFDG’s 2008 Northern conference which was described by delegates as “absolutely brilliant”, and saw 160 attendees from over 100 charities.

The 2009 programme brings together national and local speakers from both the charity and corporate worlds who will be sharing their experience and advice with delegates. Alongside our closing plenary from David Blunkett, CFDG is also pleased to have David Marriott, CEO, and Brian White, FD, of the Together Trust to open the conference. They will be discussing the essential relationship between the CEO and the FD in responding to challenges and working together to take the Trust forward.

Keith Hickey, CFDG CEO, says, “We are very pleased to be building on last year’s successful Northern conference with ‘Steering Your Charity Through Changing Times’. In these turbulent conditions our conference is designed to help all those concerned with charity finance, with a diverse and up to date range of presentations and plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues.”

The conference is kindly sponsored by Bank of Scotland and Grant Thornton.

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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 1,600 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.

The new Lloyds Banking Group, which combines Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets and Bank of Scotland Corporate, offers a market-leading service to the charity sector. Building strong long-term relationships with our customers remains firmly at the heart of our strategy and we are committed to meeting the specific needs of both large and small charities.

Grant Thornton UK LLP 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.

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