Charity Finance Group announce new trustees

11th September 2012

Charity Finance Group (CFG) is pleased to announce that Kevin Curley CBE, former CEO of NAVCA, has been appointed to the charity’s trustee board as a non-member trustee. Nicki Deeson, Head of Finance at the Alzheimer’s Society and Uday Thakkar, Managing Director at Red Ochre, have also been elected as trustees.  They replace Rohan Hewavisenti and Phil Brown from the British Red Cross and the King’s Fund respectively, who are stepping down after their 6 year terms.  Sally O’Neill and Mark Hilton were also re-elected for a second term of 3 years.

Kevin Curley CBE said, "I'm excited to be joining CFG as a trustee and continuing my active engagement with the sector I’m passionate about. Strong financial skills and acumen are vitally important to so many charities large and small and I hope that in taking up this role I’ll be able to contribute to improving the sector's capacity in this area".

Ian Theodoreson, CFG chair, announcing the new trustees, said, “I’m delighted to welcome the new trustees to the board and have no doubt that their considerable skill and experience of the sector will bring tremendous value to CFG.

In this tough economic climate, CFG continues to play a critical part in advising, informing and helping develop those with responsibility for financial management within the sector. Our events and training, membership numbers and financial outturn remain strong and growing this year, demonstrating the clear need for our services and reflecting the value we add.” 

CFG’s annual report, also released today, shows:

• A year on year growth in membership. CFG closed 2012 with 1,815 individuals in membership (1,758 members in 2010/11), representing between them 1,397 different charitable organisations. This represented a net growth of 3% and exceeded the 2011/12 target.

• A total of 153 subscribers/corporate partners (137 in 2010/11), a growth of 12% against a target of 145 (6%).

• Healthy finances despite tough economic conditions.

Caron Bradshaw, CEO of CFG, said, “This year has been positive for CFG because inspiring financial leadership has never been more important.  Our engaged members and corporate subscribers help us produce an environment of mutual support and knowledge sharing; helping us represent the sector’s views in matters of charity finance. We’re pleased to have extended our free secondary membership to charities of all sizes for 2012/13, making the support we provide to finance teams and the sector even more accessible.”

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Notes to Editors:

1. CFG is the charity that champions best practice in finance management in the voluntary sector.  Our training and development programmes enable finance managers to give the essential leadership on finance strategy and management that their charities need.  With more than 1,800 members, managing over £21bn, we are uniquely placed to challenge regulation which threatens the effective use of charity funds. For more information, please see  

2. CFG's annual report 2011/12 can be found here.

3. CFG's trustees are: Ian Theodoreson (chair), Kevin Barnes, Diane Bassett, Rosie Chapman, Sally O’Neill, Gill Gibb, Mark Hilton, Kevin Curley, Nicki Deeson, Uday Thakkar.

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