CFDG welcomes new trustees

11th September 2009

The Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG) welcomes two new trustees, Sally O'Neill and Mark Hilton, to its Board, and bids a fond farewell to two long serving trustees, Melvin Coleman and Tom Sterry MBE.

Mark Hilton is Director of Finance and Resources at Museums Sheffield, and Accounting Officer for Renaissance Yorkshire. He has chaired CFDG’s Northern Steering Committee since 2006 and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 11 years’ experience in the sector. He previously worked for KPMG in a range of roles.

“My real passion is the personal development of the individual, in whatever role they play. Given CFDG’s remit within this area for the Charity FD, I am looking forward to helping them take their plans forward”, he said.

Sally O’Neill is Director of Finance at the Royal Opera House. She has 12 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, having previously spent 5 years as Finance Director at the Historic Royal Palaces and 7 years as Financial Controller at the National Theatre. She is also a Trustee of Battersea Arts Centre and The Young Vic.

She said: “It is tough being a charity FD, and it’s only going to get tougher. However, it is also one of the best jobs going, and one of the key reasons for this is the support and contacts made within the sector through groups such as CFDG. I welcome the opportunity to become a trustee for the next term and add my support to the forward strategy and programme of work.”

Charles Nall, CFDG Chair said: “Our Trustees make a significant commitment of time and expertise. I would like to thank Melvin Coleman and Tom Sterry MBE for their exceptional contributions over the last six years. Melvin has been a tremendous source of wisdom and an outstanding ambassador for CFDG in his role as Deputy Chair. Tom has brought valuable insights from the world of philanthropic foundations and has successfully stewarded our finances as Honorary Treasurer. We wish them both well as they both try to retire: something that is remarkably difficult to do in the charity sector.

I am delighted to welcome Sally and Mark. They bring experience of the arts sector and reflect our growing regional activities.”

Philip Brown, Rohan Hewavisenti, Charles Nall and Fiona Young were re-elected in the secret ballot and continue to serve alongside Roger Chester, Gill Nunn, Kim Catcheside and Mark Oaten.


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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 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. For further information please contact our Policy Team on email:


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