IT & Digital Conference 2019

Tax and VAT IT and data Governance, regulation and compliance Fraud Financial sustainability Risk

Thursday 14 March 2019

Inmarsat
99 City Road
LONDON EC1Y 1AX

IT & Digital play a major role in the finance function across all charities, and often IT responsibilities are integrated with, or fall under, many finance professionals' remits. 

CFG’s IT & Digital Conference is a comprehensive two-stream programme, designed to fit the needs of finance directors and CEOs, with useful sessions on:

  • Making Tax Digital
  • Technology and procurement strategies
  • Implementing new systems
  • Emerging technologies
  • Managing the risk of cyber security attacks

Alongside the Conference programme there will be an exhibition of a number of IT and digital service providers with whom you can discuss your organisation’s needs.

 

 
Speakers

Tracey Gyateng, Data Science Manager, Datakind

Tony Allen, Managing Partner, TNL Consulting

Neil Goulder, Finance & Operations Director, Artichoke

Stephen Harvey, Head of Non Profit, Akoni Hub

Lisa Lee, Digital Partner, Reason Digital

Mark Kemp, CEO, Gallery Partnership

Richard Collings, Principal, Information Systems Consultants

Jayne Tucker, Finance Director, Penny Brohn UK

Jon Curry, IT Director, Water Aid

James Richardson, Head of Market Development, Bottomline

Audrey Fearing, Partner, RSM

Programme
9.00 – 9.45

Registration and refreshments

9.45 – 9.50

Welcome from chair

9.50 - 10.30

Opening plenary: To be announced

10.30-10.35

Move between sessions

10.35-11.20

1A – Technology strategy

How can technology support the whole organisation and how can charities determine commensurate allocation of resources in order to develop a technology strategy?


As a finance leader how do you plan what your charity needs to do and determine a strategy for the technology that is going to support your activities? This session will look at ensuring your technology product is quality/effective

Tony Allen, Managing Partner, TNL Consulting

10.35 - 11.20

1B – Implementing new database systems

What are the steps charities needs to take when implementing a new system? What are the challenges and factors to consider? This session will present a case study and give you some tips about how to make this process run smoothly. 

Richard Collings, Principal, Information Systems Consultants

Jayne Tucker, Finance Director, Penny Brohn UK

11.20 – 11.40

Break for refreshments

11.40 - 12.25

2A: Procurement strategy and IT services

After setting a technology strategy, how do charities determine and procure the most appropriate services for your needs?
Join this session to learn more about how to make sure buying new services is made in the most effective and efficient way, and how you can measure this by more than only cost savings.

Mark Kemp, CEO, Gallery Partnership

11.40 - 12.25

2B: Analytics – Making sense of the data

Organisations hold a wealth of data. How you can make the best use of the data you hold, and how you can use this information to develop plans and activities and analyse what is working in the organisation?

Tracey Gyateng, Data Science Manager, Datakind

12.25 - 12.30

Move between sessions

12.30 - 13.10

Lunchtime plenary – A Veyron accounting system on a Mini budget

In the first 15 months after joining Artichoke, Neil replaced its entire IT infrastructure, and designed and implemented a sophisticated new high end accounting system In six months, a £45k - £70k project was delivered for just £785: £700 for a day’s consultancy and £85 to have his hair recoloured, to mask the effects of a gruelling install. The new cloud-based system has transformed Artichoke’s understanding of its business, and created an enterprise-level platform for growth. In his talk, Neil will talk about how risks were minimised on a big leap of faith, what went wrong, what went right, what to over-engineer. Some of the big gains are in centralising data into one system, making it widely accessible, and reducing the number of spreadsheets duplicating effort.

Neil Goulder, Finance & Operations Director, Artichoke

13.10 - 14.15

Lunch

14.15 - 15.00

3A:  Proving value to the Board

How do you show trustees the value of a project without concrete outcomes? This session will explore how you can quantify the value of a new project or system including the cost of the technology or license and the impact on business processes and staff time.

Stephen Harvey, Head of Non Profit, Akoni Hub

14.15 - 15.00

3B:  Making Tax Digital

From 1 April 2019, VAT-registered businesses above the threshold of £85k will have to keep digital records and submit VAT returns using compatible software. Join this session to learn what steps your charity needs to take to prepare for and adhere to the new legislation.

Audrey Fearing, Partner, RSM

15.00 - 15.20

Break for refreshments

15.20 - 16.05

4A:  Getting your charity ready for digital change

Charity finance teams needs to adjust and evolve to support digital. Join this session to find out how charities can get ready to embrace a digital change.

Jon Curry, IT Director, Water Aid

15.20 - 16.05

4B: Managing the risk of a cyber attack

There are many risks associated with digital and finance, particularly the threat of a cyber attack. This session will look at how you can mitigate these risks and ensure that your security system is suitable to your needs and cost effective.

James Richardson, Head of Market Development, Bottomline

16.05 - 16.10

Move to closing plenary

16.10 - 16.50

Closing plenary:  Emerging technologies

The closing session will explore the world of emerging technologies including AI and block chain and the impact they may have on the sector.

Lisa Lee, Digital Partner, Reason Digital

16.50 - 17.00

Chair’s close and end of conference

Prices
Charities - Members£159.00
Charities - Non-members£179.00
Corporate - Members£279.00
Corporate - Non-members£429.00
Community Leisure UK - Members£159.00
Community Leisure UK - Non-members£159.00
All Prices Inc. VAT