Meet our team. Whether campaigning for change, developing our services or improving our infrastructure, each member of our staff plays a vital role in our mission to put finance at the heart of effective charities.

Caron Bradshaw

Caron joined CFG in 2010 from the ICAEW where she was Head of the Charity and Voluntary Sector. In addition to supporting a number of small charities and community organisations Caron has been a member of the NCVO’s National Assembly and the Charities SORP Committee, has sat on a number of government working parties, is a member of the Church of England Pension Board’s Audit and Risk Committee, and is Chair of the Board of the Directory of Social Change (and her local hockey club). She was named in the top 30 UK social influences in Risk, Compliance and Regtech 2017.

Caron is a trained Barrister and has a wide array of experience across charity, regulation/law, policy, member support, and professional ethics.  In 2015 she was named Charity Principal of the Year at the Charity Times Awards.  In 2016 she received the Association Excellence Award for Leadership.  Caron is an avidly ‘social’ CEO and was been named in the top 30 social CEOs in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Niroosha Loganathan

After joining CFG as Caron Bradshaw’s PA, Niroosha has developed her career in strategic HR and now heads the People and Performance directorate at CFG. Niroosha graduated from the University College London with a degree in Psychology having published work on the Allocation of Scarce Medical resources. Niroosha has also worked with fashion labels in a number of roles in marketing and PR, delivering campaigns both online and in print.
Octavia Roberts

Octavia is responsible for the Board schedule and is the Trustees' point of contact, as well as keeping CFG running smoothly by overseeing the office facilities. She previously covered roles in Events and the IT team. Before joining CFG, Octavia built up her charity experience through placements at a variety of not-for-profit organisations, including St. George's University of London.
Dawn Mcnish

During her time at CFG, Dawn has held the roles of Marketing Executive and Corporate Partnerships Executive – she now leads the team responsible for CFG events, partnerships and products and services. Dawn brings experience from several Public Relations agencies, where she managed campaigns for clients including The Prince’s Trust, The European Parliament, Dyson and De Beers. She has a degree in Marketing and Media Studies and is currently completing the LPC at The University of Law. Dawn previously worked at Shelter Training, and is a volunteer at Toynbee Hall free legal advice centre.
Roberta Fusco

Roberta leads CFG’s Policy and Engagement directorate, which includes policy development, research, stakeholder management, member engagement and communications. Roberta worked in policy and communications roles in national, regional and local government in England and Europe, and recently transitioned to the UK charity and voluntary sector. With a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a CIM Professional Diploma, her aim is to bring together theory and practice to shape social change which has real life impact.

Roberta plays an active role in her local community and chairs a volunteer-led branch of the National Autistic Society, and has also acted as a school governor.
Kate Bines

Kate is responsible for developing and implementing CFG’s marketing and communications strategy. Her remit is to shape an organisation-wide approach to communications, bring clarity to our messaging and to increase our reach to a range of audiences and stakeholder groups. She has considerable experience of strategic marketing and communications across the voluntary and public sectors, recently at the Institute of Imagination, Child Accident Prevention Trust and the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Richard Sagar

Richard leads on CFG’s policy and public affairs with a focus on tax, banking, the wider economy and Brexit.

He joined CFG in 2018, having previously worked in the policy team at a membership organisation in the private sector, where he was responsible for work on immigration and a number of high-skilled sectors. Prior to this, Richard was Senior Policy Officer at a Westminster think tank, specialising in energy and climate policy, authoring numerous reports and helping to advise government on energy efficiency policy. He started his working life in the charity sector in the parliamentary team of an environmental NGO.
Laura Millar

Laura is CFG’S HR officer having originally joined CFG assisting the Events Team. Previously, she worked at the Department for Education as an Executive Officer and before this she completed an internship with the Association of Graduate Recruiters working on a project to improve social mobility for graduates. She graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Sociology.
Chris Brown

In his role of IT and Database Manager, Chris has ownership of support for all IT Systems, Networks and applications including the CFG Website and leading the project to move CFG’s IT systems to the cloud. Previously, Chris was based in the city working in various IT roles, including IT Manager, System Admin and web development for large solution providers and companies in the insurance sector.
Laura Brigliozzi

Laura joined the Events team in CFG in February 2018. As Events Officer she provides full project management for assigned events such as conferences, trainings and members meetings.

Previous to this role Laura has worked as Conferences and Events Assistant in Alzheimer’s Society for more than two years, supporting the Roadshow team in the delivery of a wide range of events all over the country.

Laura is originally from Italy and she loves spending time cooking, painting and taking long walks along the river in sunny days.
Dean Thomson

Dean joined CFG as our Corporate Partnerships Officer in March 2018. He is responsible for the development and management of relationships and collaborations with our growing list of corporate partners.

Dean studied for his BA in International Business at the University of Hull and for his MSc in Environment & Development at the University of Leeds. He has also volunteered on numerous occasions overseas, most recently leading a group of volunteers on a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme in rural Tanzania in 2017.
Cordelia Simmons

Cordelia joined CFG in June 2019 as our Corporate Partnerships Officer and is responsible for the recruitment of new corporate partners and the management of existing relationships. Cordelia studied Law at the University of Cambridge and has volunteered for many charities including Autism Bedfordshire and MIND. Cordelia is passionate about charities, in particular women’s charities and human rights organisations, and aspires to become a trustee at a charity of this type.
David Ainsworth

David works across a number of fields at CFG including content, communications, engagement and policy.

Prior to joining CFG David spent 15 years as a journalist and latterly as editor of Civil Society News, working at different times on its online news service, Governance & Leadership magazine, and Charity Finance magazine. Before that, he worked at Third Sector magazine, another specialist charity title. He is a trustee of Getting on Board, a small charity which helps improve trustee recruitment in the sector.
Yasmin Noormamode

Yasmin joined CFG in February 2016 as Finance Officer and is now responsible for working closely with our budget holders on budget monitoring and forecasting and developing training to support our budget holders. Yasmin has worked a number of years in the not for profit sector, gaining excellent knowledge of running a smooth accounts payable team. Yasmin is AAT qualified and currently a student of CIMA.
Sofiya Hassan

Sofiya joined CFG in March 2019 as a Finance Assistant. Supporting the finance team, she is responsible for monitoring and tracking accounts payable and receivable, and providing support to both the membership and events teams.

Sofiya is an AAT student with a background in office management, previously working in a variety of settings from design studios to educational institutions.

Jessica Meddick

Jessica joined CFG in April 2018 to provide front line support to all members and aid in events organisation. She graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Politics and International Development and then took on an Executive Assistant role. In 2017 Jessica moved to Sydney Australia to work in the department of Health for New South Wales Government for six months and then travelled around the world  before returning home to work on the 2018 Sport Relief campaign at Comic Relief.
Zoe Bennett

Zoe joined CFG in May 2018 as a Member and Customer Support Officer after previously working in various fundraising roles in arts charities. She graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in Media Studies, after which she lived in Nicaragua for 6 months volunteering with an Eco-Hostel on Mombacho Volcano.
Abby Warren

Abby is responsible for member marketing and communications, events marketing, campaign planning, editorial, copywriting and production for print and online publications including CFG's member magazine, and design production.

Abby joined CFG in March 2018 from a multi-sector background working in commercial and charity organisations.
Jenny Stapleton

Jenny joined the Marketing and Communications team in August 2019 and is responsible for marketing Charity Finance Group’s events and training. After graduating in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, Jenny started her career as an intern at The Children’s Society and has worked in many sectors including events and healthcare.  She volunteers yearly at Wrap Up London, collecting and distributing coats to homeless people.
Nicola George

Nicola joined Charity Finance Group in February 2018 and is responsible for managing and developing CFG’s digital channels.

She has worked at various public sector and third sector organisations within a digital marketing role, most recently at Action on Hearing Loss. Nicola holds a degree in law from the University of Westminster.