CFG announces shortlist for the Adrian Randall Prize for 'inspiring financial leadership'

21st January 2013

In 2012 Charity Finance Group (CFG) launched the Adrian Randall Prize for ‘inspiring financial leadership’. The prize aims to attract original and creative ideas in the field of charity finance.

CFG has had a fantastic response to the Adrian Randall Prize and the judges have seen some truly creative ideas.  The three shortlisted applicants have demonstrated intelligent ways to tackle difficult issues within the sector.

The judges are happy to announce that the following applicants will be moving forward to the next stage:

Tania Cohen, for her ideas to transform the relationship between finance and fundraising professionals; Tania has worked in the voluntary sector for over 13 years and is currently undertaking freelance and interim management assignments with a variety of charities.

Ian White, for his proposal to create an app to enable trustees to develop or maintain financial awareness; Ian is Finance Manager of the Edinburgh International Festival and, in a voluntary capacity, Vice Chair of the Scottish Music Centre.

Hilary Seaward, for her ideas to transform the use of financial information and reporting within charities; Hilary is a freelance finance and business development consultant working with a number of charities and social enterprises.

They will be working with CASS Business School to develop their ideas into full proposals that will be put forward to the judges in a months’ time.

Caron Bradshaw, CFG's CEO and judging panel member commented: “We hope that this prize will lead to some tangible changes in the field of charity finance. It’s great to have had such a response in our first year and I’m really looking forward to seeing how our shortlisted applicants' ideas develop through this next stage of the prize."

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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 2,000 members, managing over £18bn, we are uniquely placed to challenge regulation which threatens the effective use of charity funds. For more information, please see www.cfg.org.uk

2. Adrian Randall was one of the co-founders of Charity Finance Group and a true leader in the field of charity finance. He passed away in early 2012. CFG hopes to create a lasting legacy through this prize that builds on his determination and vision to develop charity finance. Full details of the prize can be found on the CFG website.

3. The prize is being judged by industry leaders including:
• Caron Bradshaw, CEO of Charity Finance Group;
• Paul Palmer, Professor at Cass Business School and charities consultant to UBS Wealth Management;
• Dame Clare Tickell, CEO of Action for Children;
• Andrew Hind, co-founder of Charity Finance Group and editor of Charity Finance magazine;
• Lynne Berry, Deputy Chair of the Canal and River Trust.

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