What makes a great charity finance director?

What makes a great charity finance director?

27 Jan 2015 | Finance | Simon Hopkins

Finance director-turned-chief executive Simon Hopkins explores the aptitudes and attitudes that makes some FDs stand out from the crowd.


What makes a great charity finance director?

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Trustee used charity funds to pay for private building work and speeding fines

The Commission has said its powers “were not adequate” in handling a case of a charity which misused thousands of pounds, including spending money on parking and speeding fines.

Dame Esther Rantzen

ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen and Dianne Thompson, former CEO of the National Lottery administrator Camelot, were both made dames in the latest New Year Honours list.

Mark Astarita

The British Red Cross has partnered with Tesco to create a new Disaster Relief Alliance to provide financial support to areas of vulnerability before a disaster occurs. 

Tim Hunter, director of fundraising, Oxfam

Oxfam is credited with inventing regular giving through direct debits and its fundraising campaign of the 1990s and early 2000s are legendary. But recently, voluntary income has remained flat after falling £15m in 2012/13. Tim Hunter, who joined in May as director of fundraising, shares his love of Oxfam’s radical side and his plans for growth.

The “formalised systems of volunteer management” has been driven by legislation, safeguarding vulnerable adults and health and safety as well as leading umbrella organisation like the NCVO.

» Public service contract culture undermines volunteers, new report claims

Alan Pardew, manager Newcastle United FC

Robert Lewis discusses what an employer should do if an employee’s conduct is being investigated by an external agency such as the police.

A chair's compass - closing the governance gap

The Association of Chairs has produced a free guide to help trustees navigate the governance minefield.  Ros Oakley and Ruth Lesirge explain the impetus for the project.

Dorothy Dalton, editor of Governance

As we kick off a new year, Dorothy Dalton reminds trustees of the importance of treating all the charity's stakeholders with respect.

Giving Tuesday - is it really good for the sector?

An appointed day of giving may raise big sums, but the charity sector must consider all the consequences, says Stephen Cotterill.

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