CFG is a registered charity, number 1054914. It is also a Company Limited by Guarantee, number 3182826. Download a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
The CFG Constitution allows for a maximum of ten trustees; seven of whom must be CFG members and are elected by other members, the other three can be co-opted by the Trustees to fill any skills gaps they have identified.
Each elected Trustee serves an initial three year period, whereupon they can stand for election for a second three years, after which they must stand down for at least one year before being eligible to stand again. The Chair must be elected by the Trustees from amongst their number.
The full Board normally meets five times a year, one of which is a ‘strategy day’.
Ian Theodoreson (Chair)
Ian joined the Board in March 2011 and was elected Chair in September 2011. He has been Chief Finance Officer of the Church of England (including the Archbishops’ Council, the Church Commissioners for England and the Church of England Pensions Board) since the end of January 2009. Reporting to the Church Commissioners, Ian is responsible for the financial management and reporting for the three bodies, which have a combined annual turnover of around £350 million. He also coordinates strategic thinking on financial issues and oversees the operation of the national institutions’ financial policy, planning and budget setting.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ian worked for ten years for Ernst & Young, rising to senior manager before moving into the charity sector, firstly as Finance Director with Save the Children (1987) and then in a wider role as UK Director of Corporate Resources with Barnardo’s (1995). At Barnardo’s he was responsible for finance, IT, property and facilities, HR and legal services. He was one of the founders of the Charity Finance Group and the Charity Consortium (which has since become the Large Charities Special Interest Group at CFG) and served on the original Charity Commission SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) Committee. In recent years, he has led the sector in representations to Government on changes to the Pension Protection Fund Levy.
Nicki Deeson ACA (Deputy Chair)
Nicki joined the Board in September 2012. She is International Finance Director at Amnesty, where she enjoys the challenge of developing financial leadership in an organisation that works across 80 countries. She qualified with Coopers & Lybrand in 1992 and then joined the charity sector, firstly working as a volunteer accountant in Bangladesh and Africa, and then in UK-based roles for overseas development charities until 2008. During 2009, she worked as a virtual FD with a number of smaller charities, before becoming Head of Finance at Alzheimer's Society until June 2013.
Her job satisfaction comes from driving through improvements and learning from others' experience to do things even better in the future. She was first a member of CFG in 1995 and is keen to support CFG's developments and through this, the effectiveness of the charity sector as a whole.
Kevin Barnes (Treasurer)
Kevin Barnes joined the Board in 2011 and became treasurer of CFG in 2015. He is employed as Chief Executive of Sisters of Nazareth where he oversees the work of the charity’s five regions, which are all independent charities. Previously Kevin worked for Barnardo's for 12 years, initially as the senior accountant responsible for the finances of all services across the UK and then as Director of Finance.
Prior to joining Barnardo's he was Director of Finance at Royal London Society for the Blind and has held a number of voluntary roles in the charity sector.
Diane is Corporate Services Director for the South West Lakes Trust and its subsidiaries, which includes Wheal Martyn Trust, an independent museum, and has worked for the charity since it was established in 2000. Her role includes responsibility for financial management, administration, IT, H&S, continuous improvement and personnel and she is Company Secretary of its subsidiaries.
Prior to joining the charity sector she worked at a senior level in industry and commerce for 20 years and is now a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
Rosie joined the Board in September 2011. She is an independent charity advisor and founder of Rosie Chapman Ltd, a consultancy providing tailored services to charities. Until summer 2011 Rosie was director of policy and effectiveness at the Charity Commission, a role she held for ten years. Prior to joining the Commission, Rosie was an assistant director (regulation policy) at the Housing Corporation. She has also worked for a housing association and has acted as company secretary for a number of charities.
Rosie is currently a member of NCVO's Charity Law Review Advisory Group, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a member of Business in the Community’s 'CommunityMark' Independent Approvals Panel.
Gary Forster is the Chief Executive of Transaid, an international development charity that seeks to reduce poverty and improve quality of life through providing better access to basic services such as health, education and economic opportunities in Africa and the developing world. Gary joined Transaid in 2006 having previously worked in logistics at Procter and Gamble. For Transaid he spent three years in Zambia and Nigeria before returning to the UK to take on the role of Head of Programmes in 2009. Since then Gary has helped build Transaid’s portfolio to include projects in Nigeria, Madagascar and Uganda. Gary has presented Transaid’s work to a range of international stakeholders including the UN, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization. Gary was appointed as CEO on 1st April 2011.
Previously Gary was a Trustee, and Chair of the Resources Committee for the International NGO RedR. Gary is currently also a Trustee of RESULTS UK an international NGO that uses advocacy and campaigning to bring about the end of extreme poverty.
Sam is the Director of Finance for North Devon Hospice, joining the Charity in 2004. She is responsible for the Financial management of the Charity and its subsidiaries, her responsibilities also include facilities management, IT, and commercial activities of the charity incorporating Retail shops and a charity café.
Sam is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, and has been awarded two third sector financial management awards during her time at the hospice. Prior to working in the charity sector her background was in industry. She has held various senior financial positions in both global and regional manufacturing companies. Locally Sam has held a number of governor positions in both academy and independent schools.
Brigid was Director of Global Communications at Oxfam International and has previously been a board member of a charity for the protection of heritage in her native Canada. Her career has taken her from Ottawa to Paris, Washington and London, first as a journalist, and then providing strategic communications to international organisations, the Bank of Canada and most recently, an industry body to promote responsible mining worldwide. She began consulting as a principle of CounterCurrent Communications in early 2016.
She joined the CFG board in January 2016.
Kerry is the Finance Director at Everybody Sport and Recreation, a charity which encourages individuals to improve their health through participation in recreation. Prior to this role Kerry worked for VAST, and amongst other things, established their very successful Community Accountancy project. As a Chartered Management Accountant she trained in industry, then moved over to the public sector before joining the Voluntary Sector in 2008.
Kerry is very passionate about Charity Finance and believes that Finance Teams are in a unique position to influence and drive their organisations, and so the change the shape of the whole Sector. She says, “I’m passionate about Charity Finance, and proud to work in our sector, by up-skilling our Finance Leaders, we develop stronger Financial Management within organisations, which in turn makes for a stronger, more vibrant Third Sector.”
John Tranter is Director of Resources at Independent Age. He has a wide experience of the charity care sector having been Director of Finance at Mencap and also at The Children's Trust. He has run his own consultancy providing training and advice to charities on strategic finance and governance. He is a non-executive director of Golding Homes, a social housing provider based in Maidstone.
In 2014 he chaired the CFG's Pension Maze Report. Before joining the charity sector, he was a Finance Director in the manufacturing industry.