CFDG Annual Conference

The CFDG Annual Conference takes place on 12 May, including Nick Hurd MP and his Shadow tackling the challenges of delivering the Big Society.

Charity Finance Directors’ Group is delighted to be welcoming the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP to the stage for the organisation’s 2011 Annual Conference. The Minister will participate in a panel discussion on the subject of delivering the Big Society. The session will be chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of NCVO. Sam Younger, CEO of the Charity Commission and Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society will also be joining the panel.

With the largest charity umbrella body, the regulator and the Opposition all represented, this promises to be a lively and comprehensive debate on the future of the sector. Caron Bradshaw, CEO of CFDG, said “Nick Hurd and Sir Stuart Etherington spoke at our special post election members' meeting last year; I am thrilled that they will be joining us nearly a year on alongside Roberta Blackman-Woods and Sam Younger in order to look at the story so far and at what is still needed for the Big Society to be realised. We can take this as a firm signal from the Government and the Opposition that they are committed to engaging with the sector.”

There are likely to be a wide range of topics covered in the panel session with public spending cuts, TUPE, de-regulation and Gift Aid all currently hot topics. In particular, CFDG members want the regulatory and tax framework to enable innovative financial management of services. Sir Stuart Etherington will be highlighting the need for Government to remove barriers to collaboration, saying “we urge the Government to address the issue of charities not being able to recover VAT on shared services, which currently presents a sizeable obstacle to effective collaboration. Giving charities the incentive to work together would really help many organisations to maximise their resources in these challenging economic times.”

Caron Bradshaw added “This has been a challenging year to say the least, and there are more big changes ahead in both the funding environment and in the way the regulator functions. I know that our members, at the forefront of their organisations strategic development and financial management, will get to the real fundamental questions for our panellists – I for one am looking forward to it.”

The CFDG Annual Conference 2011 is kindly sponsored by Grant Thornton and PS Financials.

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Where? London presumably

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