Smarter Networking a focus for the CFDG annual conference

14th April 2010

Knowing how to build and sustain key relationships is a core skill for leaders. At this year’s Charity Finance Directors’ Group (CFDG) annual conference, “Smarter Networking” will be a focus. For many networking is unpalatable, uncomfortable and frankly a bit of a mystery. CFDG conferences are designed for you to network with your peers in a relaxed and informal environment.

Heather White, Networking Expert, will lead the final plenary session on the day, where she will share tips and practical solutions to improve networking skills. “Networking internally with colleagues and externally with stakeholders and influencers is vital so that you know what is going on, can respond accordingly, gain access to resources quickly and innovate,” says Heather White.

CFDG has also set up a pre-conference networking site on LinkedIn. David Membrey, CFDG Acting Chief Executive said “We are hoping that participants will use this group to foster relationships ahead of the conference. We are also looking at other innovative ways to improve networking on the day.”

The conference will be held on 18 May at the QEII centre in London. For more information and to book your place at the conference please visit our conference pages.

The conference is kindly sponsored by Grant Thornton and PS Financials.

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Notes to Editors:

1. For further information please contact Laura James on 020 7785 6425 or

2. 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 1700 members are responsible for the finances of charities with a wide variety of income levels. Between them our members manage some £17.4 billion in charity income per year.

3. Heather White is the CEO and Founder of Smarter Networking Ltd ( Heather is a highly acclaimed leader on the practical and strategic skills on authentic and sustainable networking for leaders of today.

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