IT Conference 2018

Thursday, 15 Mar 2018, 09:00 - 17:00


IT plays a major role in the finance function across all charities and often IT responsibilities are integrated with or fall under many finance professionals’ remits.

This year’s two-stream IT Conference covers a range of key topics including defining digital, new fundraising technologies, IT systems, cyber-security and of course the impending GDPR.

If you email you can get a special 2 for 1 offer so you can bring a colleague with you for free. This means your charity will get the best from both streams.

Who should attend?

Finance directors, IT professionals working within a charity, CEOs.

Kindly sponsored by:

 Oracle NetSuite

This year's exhibition are:



Oracle NetSuite


The Access Group

think S3




Registration and refreshments


 Chair welcome and introduction


What does the technology team of the future look like?
What should your internal Technology team be? What skills does it need, what should it be doing and does size matter?
Laura Dawson, Director of Information Management and Technology, LSE


Move between sessions


 1A – Defining digital
What is digital and what does it include?  With lots of talk about digital, this session will explain what we mean by digital strategy and transformation and how to bring technology and digital closer together, recognising strengths and weaknesses to create a symbiotic relationship.
Jason Caplin, Chief Digital officer, Barnardo’s


1B – The value of new technology
This session will look at how you justify new technology when existing software is doing the job and examine where the tipping point lies between making do and buying new as well as offering tips on how to align procurement of new IT systems to your charity’s wider objectives.
Simon Stronach, Charities and Not-for-Profit Solution Adviser, Oracle NetSuite and Nick Dugdale, International Financial Planning & Analysis Director, Compassion in World Farming


Break for refreshments


2A – Digital skills workshop
This session will look at why charities need to develop and incorporate a digital strategy and the impact of not doing so, and will explore the main barriers that charities have faced in the past and how they can be overcome.
Zoe Amar, Zoe Amar Communications


2B – Adding IT to a finance remit
IT and finance often go hand in hand. This session will look at what you need to think about before taking IT into your remit, what the biggest challenges and how you know what IT team looks like.
Tom Beardmore-Gray, Girl’s Day School Trust


Move between sessions


 Lunchtime plenary - GDPR – Getting your data ready
This session will give you one charities case study about about preparing your data for the new GDPR regulation that comes into force in 2018, the challenges they faced and tips they can offer.
Karen Davies, WHAG




Workshop: How cloud can help streamline your mission globally
Jackie will demonstrate how a cloud-based finance system can be aligned to support the growth ambitions of charities of all sizes and manage multiple languages, currencies, tax and legal requirements across locations, with regional and global consolidation and rollup.
Jackie McGill, Charities and Not-for-Profit Solution Consultant, Oracle NetSuite


4A – Managing personal data?
 As charities collect more and more information this question is becoming more important than ever. This session will explore this question, explaining what belongs to you, and what belongs to the individual.
Emma Butler, Data Protection Officer and GDPR lead, Yoti


4B -Open source software
What are the pros and cons of free open source and established paid software. This session will discuss what factors you need to deliberate when considering open source software and the risks that you need to be aware of.
Iain Pritchard, Adapta Consulting


Break for refreshments


5A - Cyber crime: a fact of life: Don't be a victim
Cyber-attacks on charities are still prevalent and charities need to make sure they are vigilant. This session will cover what the biggest risks out there are and what you can do to mitigate them.
Jim Gee, Partner and Head of Forensic, Cybercrime and Counter Fraud Services, Crowe Clark Whitehill


5B - Keeping pace with the market
How do you ensure that the value you anticipated for a number of years is realised – the importance of the maintenance budget!
Dan Hall, Head of IT, The Girls' Day School Trust & Chair, Charity IT Leaders


Move between sessions


Closing plenary: Future Developments in technology
The speaker will explore future developments of technology including Fintech, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, and how they might affect the world of charity finance.
Rhodri Davies, Programme Leader, Giving Thought, CAF


Chair’s close and end of conference

Venue Details


Inmarsat, 99 City Road, LONDON, EC1Y 1AX

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Bookings & Prices


  • Early Bird CFG Charity Member - £121.00;
  • Early Bird Charity IT Leaders - £121.00;
  • CFG Charity Member - £162.00;
  • Charity IT Leaders member - £162.00;
  • Non CFG Member Charity - £183.00;
  • CFG Subscriber Company - £285;
  • Non CFG Subscriber Company - £438

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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