2009 - Securing Your Foundations

Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009, 09:00

Overview

Conference Sponsors:

PKF 2010  Thomas Miller

Media Sponsors:

Charity Times  Third Sector

We continue to live in challenging times. The demand on our charities’ services grows, scrutiny of public institutions increases and the availability of funding is uncertain.

Good risk management can reduce the uncertainty of outcomes and identify opportunities for change.

Your charity will look to its finance professionals for leadership on the risk issues associated with budgeting in uncertain times and managing the impact of fluctuating funding streams, governance and the organisational risk register. But, you will also need to help your charity in some of the broader risk areas, for example – due diligence and collaborative working, operating internationally and the importance of protecting your charity’s reputation.

CFDG has brought all of these elements together in the 2009 Risk Conference. The Conference is supported by a number of exhibitors from specialist firms working with the voluntary sector – so during the breaks there will be ample opportunity to seek their views and those of your peers at the Conference.

We look forward to welcoming you to a day that is designed to give food for thought and practical advice.

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The Reception

Reception

Delegates attending the conference are invited to a reception immediately following the end of the programme.

The reception provides the ideal opportunity to network with speakers and delegates at the end of the day.

The Exhibition

There will be an exhibition alongside the conference programme. Exhibitors working in a range of service areas will be available for delegates to meet, ask questions and share information.

The informal setting is an excellent opportunity to find products and service suppliers who can assist in tackling your charities' problems and who can help to make the management of your charity more efficient.

The conference timetable allows delegates plenty of opportunity to browse the exhibition and network during breaks.

The following companies are exhibiting at the Risk Conference 2009:

Billetts - www.ebiquity.com/uk/billetts
CaSE Insurance - www.caseinsurance.co.uk
CFDG - www.cfdg.org.uk
Horwath Clark Whitehill - www.horwathcw.com/hwClarkWhitehill
Key Travel - www.keytravel.co.uk
PKF - www.pkf.co.uk
Thomas Miller - www.thomasmiller.com

Programmes/Presentations

Presentations available below.  Click session titles to download PDFs

 5.75hrs CPD

 

09.00-09.30    Registration/tea & coffee

09.30-09.45    Welcome by the Chair
David Membrey, Deputy Chief Executive, CFDG

09.45-10.30 OPENING PLENARY

LESSONS THAT ALL CHARITIES CAN LEARN FROM THE HEYDAY REPORT pdf icon

The problems with Heyday were referred to as a 'significant failure of governance' by the report.  Governance risk is a key issue facing charities and the problems faced by Age Concern England with Heyday show just what can happen when things go wrong.  There are many lessons to be learnt from 'Heyday' for Trustees and Senior managers of all charities.  Having led the review and produced the report on 'Heyday' Sir Christopher Kelly is ideally placed to explain just what went wrong, the lessons learnt and what charities need to do to minimise the chances of similar problems happening in their charities.
Sir Christopher Kelly

10.30-11.10 SESSION 1

1A: AUDIT COMMITTEES AND THRIVING IN THE RECESSION pdf icon

How can an Audit Committee help a charity to survive and thrive in the recession?  Paul will give practical examples of how an Audit Committee can support the Board in these uncertain times, what an Audit Committee should do differently and the sorts of risks that an Audit Committee should focus on during this time of turmoil in the economy.
Paul Gibson, Mazars LLP

1B: THE OUTLOOK FOR PUBLIC SECTOR FUNDING pdf icon

There has been much coverage of the growing deficit on government finances and what this might mean for public sector spending.  Charles will give an overview of the position and proffer some suggestions on ways through the difficult years ahead.
Charles Nall, The Children's Society

11.10-11.30    Tea/coffee break & time to explore the exhibition

11.30-12.15    SESSION 2

2A: THE RISK REGISTER AND INSURANCE - INSEPARABLE ISSUES pdf icon

Transferring risks to an insurer is a standard way to mitigate them. In this session Peter will be asking the following questions: "Does your insurance programme truly reflect your identified insurable risks?" and "Do your insurers understand what you do and provide appropriate cover?".
Peter Heap, Ark Risk Consulting

2B: CAMPAIGNING - STAYING THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE POLITICAL LINE pdf icon

In today's civil society charities can provide a vital voice for the voiceless and many powerfully articulate the needs of their beneficiaries to great effect.  Many charities use their power to campaign for change successfully by adopting a carefully considered  and balanced approach to any political or campaigning activity undertaken .  But sometimes over zealous trustee boards can overstep the boundary and compromise the independence their charity status demands. In this session Rosie will be giving clear guidance on what charities need to know so they can communicate their key messages with confidence.
Rosie Chapman, Charity Commission

12.15-13.00    SESSION 3

3A: WORKING TOGETHER pdf icon

Looking from the different perspectives of an independent Audit Committee member and the Director of Finance, this session will cover some of the  practical considerations that need to be taken into account when your charity foresees the risks associated with a possible fall in one of its major income streams.  Ian and Karen will discuss  the actions taken by FARM Africa before, during and after the event and share some of their views on the experience.
Ian Mathieson, PKF (UK) LLP/FARM Africa Audit Committee & Karen Thompson, FARM Africa

3B: IT ALL STARTS AT THE TOP - GOVERNANCE REVIEWS pdf icon

In this session on Governance reviews, Rodney will explore structures and behaviours that increase organisational effectiveness.  He will also provide some practical insights from the trustee's perspective and look at how to deal with tricky personal issues without causing offence.
Rodney Buse, Charity Trustee Networks

13.00-14.00    Lunch & time to explore the exhibition

14.00-14.45    PLENARY

BUDGETING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES pdf icon

In uncertain times, rigid plans and forecasts are useless.  Charities need to respond to change quickly and need financial tools that help them to adapt to the external environment.  In this session Kate will look at why we need forecasts and plans that build in mechanisms to assess the degree of uncertainty and monitor outcomes regularly.  She will show that by using risk management, key performance indicators and regular forecasting, you should have better grasp of how your charity is performing financially.
Kate Sayer, Sayer Vincent

14.45-15.30    SESSION 4

4A: DUE DILIGENCE IN SETTING UP COLLABORATIVE AND JOINT WORKING INITIATIVES pdf icon

Collaborative working arrangements come in all shapes and sizes, and are of varying complexity.  When considering any proposal to engage in joint working the trustees of the charities involved must act prudently in the best interests of their charity. Before proceeding with the collaboration, the trustees should formally identify and assess any risks and liabilities. This is known as a “due diligence” process.  In this session Jo will present an overview of the due diligence process, provide tips on how to ensure that your project gets off to the best start possible and share with us some recent experiences.
Jo Coleman, Farrer & Co

4B: MANAGING RISK WHEN PROVIDING SERVICES TO VULNERABLE PEOPLE pdf icon

Many charities provide services and support to vulnerable people.  When things go wrong it can have a dreadful impact on the person concerned and severely impact the reputation of the charity.  Linda and Wade will look at some of the risks and how these can be minimised for all concerned.
Linda Young & Wade Tidbury, Scope

15.30-15.50    Tea/coffee break & time to explore the exhibition

15.50-16.30    SESSION 5

5A: REDUCING YOUR HR RISKS pdf icon

The increasing complexity of employment law can make managers scared to manage.  In this session Terry will outline some basic steps that will significantly reduce the risk of facing an employment tribunal claim, whilst enabling managers to manage.
Terry Edney, Business HR

5B: INTERNATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT pdf icon

Martin Birch (Director of Finance and Information Management) and Rebecca Mackay (Head of Audit and Risk Management) will talk about Christian Aid's experience of risk management in the international context.  The presentation will cover how Christian Aid recently evaluated the progress of its risk management work, re-worked its risk management model, is engaging Directors and Trustees in articulating their appetite to risk as well as talking about the mitigation strategies the charity is developing to address specific international risks such as security, fraud and working in unstable environments.
Martin Birch & Rebecca Mackay, Christian Aid

16.30-17.10    CLOSING PLENARY

INSPIRING MORE SUPPORT IN A RECESSION

In this session Barbara will be talking about the risks and opportunities the recession has provided WaterAid, how they have dealt with these and the leadership challenges.
Barbara Frost, WaterAid

17.10-17.15    Chair's closing remarks

17.15-18.30    Reception & networking 

Venue Details

Location

The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE

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Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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