Risk and Fraud Conference 2016

Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016, 09:00 - 17:00


CFG is pleased to announce our Risk and Fraud Conference 2016.

With charities striving to survive in a challenging environment, risk has never been higher on the agenda. CFG's Risk and Fraud Conference will give delegates practical advice on the steps that financial leaders, trustees and Chief Executives should follow when encountering situations where there is potential opportunities for risk or fraud.

In response to such a risk market and the importance to charities of managing their risk, CFG are offering charity members a group rate to attend the conference to allow you to bring your Boards and wider teams to gain the understanding and knowledge they need to manage their charity effectively.

Every member that books a place at the conference at the member rate can secure the discounted rate for any subsequent bookings from colleagues at their organisation of £85 per person. Email events@cfg.org.uk to take advantage of this offer. 

At this one day conference, speakers will be giving practical advice on the steps that financial leaders should follow when encountering situations where there are potential opportunities for risk or fraud to occur such as staff recruitment, procuring suppliers and generally minimising risk to the charity overall.

The aim of the conference is to increase awareness of situations where risk should be managed or assessed and how to identify where theft or fraud could take place. Delegates should leave with useful tools and knowledge to enable them to implement or improve processes in their own organisations. 

An exhibition will also take place throughout the day for delegates to discuss their needs and queries regarding risk and fraud.  

Exhibitors at this years' conference are:

Sayer Vincent
Arthur J. Gallagher
Diversity Travel

This conference is kindly supported by


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09:00 - 09:45

Registration and refreshments

9:45 - 10:00

Chair's Welcome and Introduction - Changes in Risk Culture at CFG

This session will discuss how CFG has changed its risk culture over the past year, moving away from the traditional risk framework. The session will look at how CFG assessed potential risk frameworks, engaged the Board on the decision and how CFG manages risk going forward.

Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive Officer, CFG

Ian Theodoreson, Chief Finance Officer, Church of England

10:00 - 10:30

Opening Plenary 
How to be less vulnerable to fraud

Charities are often seen as vulnerable to the threat of fraud, and recent warnings and stories in the media, add to this argument. This opening session will explore what finance teams should be doing to mitigate the risk to their charities.

Simon Dukes, Chief Executive, CIFAS

10:30 - 10:35

Move between sessions

10:35 - 11:15

Session 1A: New ways of thinking about risk

With reference to the CFG/Sayer Vincent 'Rethinking Risk' publication, this session will look at how charities can implement and manage new ways of thinking about risk.

Kate Sayer, Partner, Sayer Vincent

Session 1B: A case study on fraud 

What lessons can be learned from charities that have experienced fraud? This case study will cover a charity’s experience of fraud. How have they coped since then? What damage limitation did they try to do?  

Diana Isiye, Acting Head of Counter Fraud, Oxfam

11:15 - 11:45

Break for refreshments

11:45 - 12:30

Session 2A: Risk Management in a Dynamic, Fast Changing Environment  

 As charities become increasingly innovative, proactive and risktaking, they are facing the challenge of balancing their duty to protect charity assets with the drive for bold, calculated risks to maximise social good. How are charity leadership adapting to manage this risk and what are the issues they face in this fast changing economic and political climate, which includes increased scrutiny and criticism?

Sarah Ramsey, Associate Director, Advisory and Impact, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Session 2B: Identity fraud 

Stealing a charity’s identity to undertake fraudulent activity is becoming more common. What policies and processes should you have in place to stop this?

  Arun Chauhan, Fraud Advisory Panel

12:30 - 12:35

Move between sessions

12:35 - 13:20

Plenary Session

Reputational Risk – Understanding and minimising the risk


Damage to reputation can have a huge impact on the charity, potentially impacting funding, contracting and donations. This session will discuss how to prepare for a media attack and backlash on social media and how best to react and control them. 

Vicky Browning, Director, Charity Comms

13:20 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:00

Session 3A: Managing suppliers to minimise risk
Working with suppliers and external organisations always comes with a certain level of risk especially when trying to minimise costs but this session will explore the processes that can be put in place to reduce risk when choosing suppliers.

Rob Allison, Managing Director, Expense Reduction Analysts

Session 3B: What to do when you’re hit by fraud

How should a finance team react when their organisation is hit by fraud? What are the next steps that should be taken? This session will identify the key steps any organisation should follow, who to contact, how to rectify the situation and how to reach out to the individuals involved.

James Earp, Head of Forensic and Fraud Services and Martin Moore, Senior Manager, PKF Littlejohn 

15:00 - 15:05

Move between sessions

15:05 - 15:45

Session 4A:
Pensions deficit

Defined benefit schemes in the UK are known to be in deficit and organisations are under pressure from regulations and the media to address the funding gap.

This case study session will discuss what steps a charity is taking or have taken to address their deficit and how this affects their future.
Alan Sharpe, Director of Finance and Information Systems, RSPB

Session 4B:
Risks of the new fundraising environment

The creation of the fundraising regulator means that charities now have to reconsider the way they grow their income recruit their donor base in the long term. This session seeks to discuss these risks and the impact of the new fundraising environment.

Stephen Service, Policy Manager, The Fundraising Regulator 

15:45 - 16:15

Break for refreshments

16:15 - 16:45

Closing Plenary

Governance risk

Due to regulation, there is now more onus on charities to have trustees with the right backgrounds, skills and experience. This plenary session will discuss the importance of recruiting the right trustee with the right skills and how to keep the board engaged without involving them in the everyday operational tasks of the charity.

John Williams, Vice Chair, Association of Chairs


Q&A and close of conference


End of conference

Venue Details


Inmarsat, 99 City Road, LONDON, EC1Y 1AX

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Bookings & Prices




Early bird rate applies until 21 October 2016

Early bird: CFG member


CFG member


Additional CFG member (when booked with a full cost place)


Non CFG charity member



CFG subscriber company


Non CFG subscriber company


CFG charity members are able to secure a discounted rate for additional bookings once they have booked a full cost place. In order to take advantage of this offer please email events@cfg.org.uk with attendee details.

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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