CFDG launch the Risk Conference 09 – Securing Your Foundations

13th October 2009

Over 50% of charities expect their income to fall during the recession, but only 26% consider their risk management systems to be fully embedded and working effectively. These findings, from PKF and CFDG’s 2009 Risk Survey, highlight the necessity of embedding good risk management systems that look to long-term as well as short-term risks. CFDG’s 2009 Risk Conference – Securing Your Foundations will support the understanding and development of risk management systems, providing a wide range of sessions on different areas of risk, stimulating discussion and the sharing of practical advice.

Keith Hickey, CFDG CEO says, “Securing Your Foundations will be an excellent opportunity for charities to renew their focus on risk. Finance professionals need to have confidence in their risk management systems over the long-term, and this conference will demonstrate the positive impact that risk management can have and facilitate the sharing of good practice and new developments.”

Securing Your Foundations features speakers from across the charity and corporate worlds, and two streams of seminars through the day. In addition, there will be three plenary sessions, from Sir Christopher Kelly, who will look at lessons learnt from the Heyday report, Kate Sayer, who will discuss budgeting in uncertain times and Barbara Frost, who will show how charities can inspire more support during a recession.

The conference will be held on 18th November, at The Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE, from 9.00am – 5.15pm, with a drinks reception for delegates to follow. Alongside the formal conference sessions there will be opportunities to visit the exhibition, and to network with peers.

The conference is kindly sponsored by PKF Accountants & business advisers and Thomas Miller.

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Notes to Editor:

PKF and CFDG’s 2009 Risk Survey was carried out between May and June 2009. A total of 466 responses were received in total – the highest number since the survey began. Responses were received from the full spectrum of different sized charities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For more information and copies of the survey please contact our Policy Team at, or on 020 7785 6246.

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 circa 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.

PKF (UK) LLP ( is a leading firm of accountants and business advisers who specialise in advising growing and entrepreneurial businesses, AIM and fully listed companies, and public and not-for-profit organisations.

The Thomas Miller Group ( is a specialist insurance service business, distinguished by the service it provides to clients. Its service to the voluntary sector is delivered through its insurance subsidiary, CODAL, and Thomas Miller Investment, its investment management subsidiary.

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