Charities’ finance leaders celebrated at the House of Lords 

08 Oct 2019 News

Baroness Pitkeathley

Charities’ finance teams were celebrated at the House of Lords yesterday afternoon to mark the beginning of Charity Finance Week. 

Baroness Pitkeathley, president of NCVO, addressed 120 charity finance professionals at a reception in the House of Lords to discuss how annual reports could be improved.

She said: “It is a real pleasure to welcome you here, and to see this room so full is heartwarming.”

This is the second year that Civil Society Media has organised a dedicated week of live events, exclusive content and thought leadership to shine a spotlight on the important role of finance leaders. The theme for 2019 is Accounts and Accountability. 

Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media, said: “Coming from a finance background myself, I know what a vital role you all play in safeguarding and enhancing the fantastic work of your charities. From financial strategy to compliance to risk management to impact measurement, your influence is far reaching.”

Gareth Jones, group editor at Civil Society Media, added: “Annual reports have certainly been a hot topic this year. In part that’s due to this year’s review of the governance of the Charities SORP Committee. But it’s also because of a growing feeling that they’re not as good as they could be.”

This month’s Charity Finance magazine, published by Civil Society Media, includes an article from Kate Sayer, visiting fellow at Cass Business School, which unveils a new template for annual reports to focus more on the difference charities make. 

There are more events and special content lined up for the rest of the week – keep up-to-date here or search #CharityFinanceWeek on social media. 


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