Our board of trustees


CFG is a registered charity, number 1054914. It is also a Company Limited by Guarantee, number 3182826. View a copy of the Memorandum and Articles of Association


The CFG Constitution allows for a maximum of ten trustees; seven of whom must be CFG members and are elected by other members, the other three can be co-opted by the Trustees to fill any skills gaps they have identified.

Each elected Trustee serves an initial three year period, whereupon they can stand for election for a second three years, after which they must stand down for at least one year before being eligible to stand again. The Chair must be elected by the Trustees from amongst their number.

The full Board normally meets five times a year, one of which is a ‘strategy day’.

  • Nicki Deeson ACA (Chair)

    Nicki Deeson

    Nicki joined the Board in September 2012. She will be succeeding Ian as Chair in October 2017. She is International Finance Director at Amnesty, where she enjoys the challenge of developing financial leadership in an organisation that works across 80 countries. She qualified with Coopers & Lybrand in 1992 and then joined the charity sector, firstly working as a volunteer accountant in Bangladesh and Africa, and then in UK-based roles for overseas development charities until 2008. During 2009, she worked as a virtual FD with a number of smaller charities, before becoming Head of Finance at Alzheimer's Society until June 2013.

    Her job satisfaction comes from driving through improvements and learning from others' experience to do things even better in the future. She was first a member of CFG in 1995 and is keen to support CFG's developments and through this, the effectiveness of the charity sector as a whole.

  • Brigid Janssen (Vice Chair)

    Brigid Janssen

    Brigid was Director of Global Communications at Oxfam International and has previously been a board member of a charity for the protection of heritage in her native Canada. Her career has taken her from Ottawa to Paris, Washington and London, first as a journalist, and then providing strategic communications to international organisations, the Bank of Canada and most recently, an industry body to promote responsible mining worldwide. She began consulting as a principle of  CounterCurrent Communications in early 2016.

    She joined the CFG board in January 2016.

  • John Tranter (Treasurer)

    John Tranter

    John Tranter is Director of Resources at Independent Age. He has a wide experience of the charity care sector having been Director of Finance at Mencap and also at The Children's Trust. He has run his own consultancy providing training and advice to charities on strategic finance and governance. He is a non-executive director of Golding Homes, a social housing provider based in Maidstone.

    In 2014 he chaired the CFG's Pension Maze Report. Before joining the charity sector, he was a Finance Director in the manufacturing industry.

  • Gary Forster

    Gary Forster

    Gary Forster was the Chief Executive of Transaid, an international development charity that seeks to reduce poverty and improve quality of life through providing better access to basic services such as health, education and economic opportunities in Africa and the developing world. Gary joined Transaid in 2006 having previously worked in logistics at Procter and Gamble. For Transaid he spent three years in Zambia and Nigeria before returning to the UK to take on the role of Head of Programmes in 2009. Since then Gary has helped build Transaid’s portfolio to include projects in Nigeria, Madagascar and Uganda. Gary has presented Transaid’s work to a range of international stakeholders including the UN, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization.

    Previously Gary was a Trustee, and Chair of the Resources Committee for the International NGO RedR. Gary was also a Trustee of RESULTS UK an international NGO that uses advocacy and campaigning to bring about the end of extreme poverty.

  • Liz Fosbury

    Liz Fosbury

    Liz is COO at the National Theatre (NT), having joined as its Finance Director in 2015. She is responsible for the leadership and management of the NT’s finances to deliver financial sustainability; this includes helping to drive forward income generation, compliance, operational effectiveness and good business practice. She is also responsible for IT, Health and Safety and Security.

    Prior to the NT, she was CFOO at Shakespeare’s Globe for 8 years, and the Director of Finance and Administration at the Royal Albert Hall for six years.

  • Simon Hopkins

    Simon Hopkins

    Simon joined the Board in 2017. He has been CEO of national poverty charity Turn2us since 2014. Before that he held a variety of CFO and equivalent positions in the commercial sector, central government and NGOs. His eclectic experience ranges from mainstream finance areas such as reporting, forecasting and process redesign to disciplines as varied as strategy, organisational design, digital innovation and brand.

    Simon has been a regular contributor to CFG's events and publications since 2011. He is the author of CFG's report The Finance Journey which is a development tool for charity finance professionals. He has also been a visiting speaker on the Inspiring Financial Leadership programme since its inception. He is a passionate advocate of Finance shedding the back office tag and embracing an increasingly extrovert role providing leadership and vision to the whole organisation. Simon is a Fellow of the ICAEW.

  • Samantha Husband

    Sam Husband

    Sam is the Director of Finance for North Devon Hospice, joining the Charity in 2004. She is responsible for the Financial management of the Charity and its subsidiaries, her responsibilities also include facilities management, IT, and commercial activities of the charity incorporating Retail shops and a charity café.

    Sam is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, and has been awarded two third sector financial management awards during her time at the hospice. Prior to working in the charity sector her background was in industry. She has held various senior financial positions in both global and regional manufacturing companies. Locally Sam has held a number of governor positions in both academy and independent schools.

  • Arati Patel

    Arati Patel

    A Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, Arati has been at Barts Charity since 2006 and from April 2014 has held the role of Director of Finance and Operations. Key responsibilities include finance and audit, office administration, IT systems and operational activities.

    Arati has sound financial management experience and has contributed to an increase in the investment portfolio - financial and Property investments. Arati has also led change management programme, including CRM systems implementation and digital projects designed to support teams in being increasingly dynamic and effective.

    Arati is delighted to be elected as a Trustee, and looks forward to serving the members to further the aims of the CFG, which is uniquely placed to support charity finance professionals, and to act as a platform to raise awareness of challenges affecting the sector.

  • Kerry Shea

    Kerry Shea

    Kerry is the Finance Director at Everybody Sport and Recreation, a charity which encourages individuals to improve their health through participation in recreation. Prior to this role Kerry worked for VAST, and amongst other things, established their very successful Community Accountancy project. As a Chartered Management Accountant she trained in industry, then moved over to the public sector before joining the Voluntary Sector in 2008.

    Kerry is very passionate about Charity Finance and believes that Finance Teams are in a unique position to influence and drive their organisations, and so the change the shape of the whole Sector. She says, “I’m passionate about Charity Finance, and proud to work in our sector, by up-skilling our Finance Leaders, we develop stronger Financial Management within organisations, which in turn makes for a stronger, more vibrant Third Sector.”

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