Keith Hickey is group director of resources at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) having left his role as chief executive at the Charity Finance Directors’ Group (CFDG) in March 2010. He previously worked for seven years as the finance director at Help the Aged.
He has been a trustee of CFDG, chair of its public affairs committee and chair of the support, management and administrative group for its Inputs Matter report. He has written and presented on the role of the charity finance director and is co-author of a number of publications on charity investment and pensions.
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CFG, Acevo, the Institute of Fundraising and Sayer Vincent have launched a new publication on how charities can better manage their reserves.
CFDG has appointed Caron Bradshaw as its new chief executive, a trained lawyer who was most recently head of charities and the voluntary sector at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Sponsorship should be regarded as part of the primary purpose trade of charities to avoid the need for trading subsidiaries, CFDG and a group of charity finance directors have told HMRC.
CFDG paid a Liberal Democrat researcher to write a report on Conservative Party policy for its members, but denies that the move infringes rules on political campaigning.
HMRC has said it is “willing to help” charities affected by the recent withdrawal of a key VAT concession, in response to fears that it will bring a significant extra cost to charities. CFDG chief executive Keith Hickey (pictured) expressed his concern last month over changes to the Extra Statutory Concession (ESC) 3.29, which mean that charities are only liable for VAT relief on construction or acquisition costs if 95 per cent or more of the building is used for charitable purposes, an increase from the previous 90 per cent.
The Charity Finance Directors’ Group has criticised HMRC for its failure to consult on the withdrawal of a VAT concession which will lead to a significant extra cost to charities. HMRC announced the change to the Extra Statutory Concession (ESC) 3.29 last week, ensuring that charities are only liable for VAT relief on construction or acquisition costs if 95 per cent or more of the building is used for charitable purposes, an increase from the previous 90 per cent.
The chief executives of NAVCA, Charity Finance Directors' Group and the Institute of Fundraising have now joined the NCVO's Stuart Etherington in providing their total expenses amounts, leaving Acevo as the only major sector umbrella body yet to do so. In 2008-9, NAVCA chief Kevin Curley claimed £9,088, split between £7,403 for travel and £1,685 subsistence, including accommodation, and misc. In 2007-8, he claimed £9351, split between £6,813 for travel and £2538 for subsistence and miscellaneous.