2009 - IT Risks & Rewards

Thursday, 19 Mar 2009, 09:00


Conference Sponsors:

Sayer Vincent Touchstone

Media Sponsor:

Charity Times

Catch up with new trends in technology with the 2009 CFDG IT Conference. This year’s conference follows up on feedback received last year by focussing on strategic issues of direct relevance to an FD who is responsible for IT.

This year we have three main themes. IT governance looks at return on investment, getting Board support and corporate politics. The second theme is Security. Under this heading we look at data protection, e-banking, disaster recovery and data leakage. Finally we are looking at what is on the horizon. Under this broad heading we have measuring sustainable performance, an innovative homeworking solution and - to finish the day off - the ‘deglobalisation of the Internet’.

We are sure the combination of strategic focus and technological trends will give you food for thought and help you understand the impact and implications of IT for your organisation.


Why you need to attend?

• Get your complete update on all IT issues you should be aware of in 2009 in just one day
• Meet colleagues and discuss other organisations’ experiences
• Hear high-level speakers from the corporate and charity world

Who should attend?

Finance Directors, Directors of Resources, IT Directors, IT Managers, Chief Executives, Trustees with an interest in IT

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The Reception


Delegates attending the conference are invited to a reception immediately following the end of the programme.

The reception provides the ideal opportunity to network with speakers and delegates at the end of the day.

The Exhibition

There will be an exhibition alongside the conference programme. Exhibitors working in a range of service areas will be available for delegates to meet, ask questions and share information.

The informal setting is an excellent opportunity to find products and service suppliers who can assist in tackling your charities' problems and who can help to make the management of your charity more efficient.

The conference timetable allows delegates plenty of opportunity to browse the exhibition and network during breaks.

The following companies are exhibiting at the IT Conference 2009:

Touchstone Group - www.touchstone.co.uk
Sayer Vincent - www.sayervincent.co.uk
Gyrosoft Applied Solutions Ltd
Utility Aid Ltd - www.utility-aid.co.uk
Co-Operative Systems Ltd - www.coopsys.net
ESiT Ltd - www.esit.co.uk
COA Solutions Ltd - www.coasolutions.com
Premier IT - www.premierit.com
Homecallcentre Ltd - http://homecallcentre.bttradespace.com/
Hoge 100 Business Systems Ltd - www.hoge100.co.uk
Newton IT Solutions - www.newtonit.co.uk
Office Connexions - www.officeconnexions.co.uk
iB Solutions - www.ibsolutions.com
IRIS Software & Services - www.iris.co.uk
Charity Finance Directors' Group - www.cfdg.org.uk


Presentations available below.  Click session titles to download PDFs

  5.75hrs CPD

9.00-9.45    REGISTRATION

9.45-10.00    CHAIR'S WELCOME
John Tate, CFDG IT Adviser

10.00-10.45    OPENING PLENARY

Corporate politics, engaging the CEO and Board pdf icon

During this session you will learn how to navigate the stormy waters of corporate politics, how to have greater impact and influence within your organisation and in particular how to engage your CEO and the rest of the Board.
Dr Robina Chatham, Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management

Exhibitors have three minutes each to present their company or a specific product; delegates vote for best presentation, with small prize at the end.

11.15-11.45    BREAK

11.45-12.30    SESSION 1

1A: Information Security Issues pdf icon

In this session Martyn will look at data security, data leakage prevention, and some of the information security threats that charities may face.
Martyn Croft, Head of Corporate Systems, The Salvation Army UK Territory

1B: Return on IT investment pdf icon

In this session, Kevin will look at the challenge of calculating the return on IT investments, with a focus on how IT systems are seen to add value rather than just be a cost!
Kevin Geeson, Group Director of Resources, RNIB

12.30-13.15    SESSION 2

2A: e-banking: A practitioner’s view pdf icon

In this session, Peter will examine charities’ slow uptake of e-banking, fears about safety and security; the growth in charitable usage of online banking systems and electronic payments vs. cheques – what does the future look like?
Peter Mitchell, CEO CAF Bank Ltd

2B: What information does the Board need? Getting Board level support for an IT Strategy pdf icon

How does your Board of Trustees view information technology? An overhead cost to be minimised? A dark art which is difficult to engage with? Or an asset to enable strategic delivery?  In this session David will explore the topic of getting senior management and trustee engagement when developing an information systems strategy, and look at some of the potential benefits, challenges and pitfalls of leading the strategic process.
David Combes, Director of Information Systems, RNID

13.10-14.30    LUNCH

14.30-15.15    SESSION 3

3A: Disaster Recovery pdf icon

In this session, Ian will be talking about what IT disaster recovery is & why it’s so essential, different approaches to IT disaster recovery and how to tailor a solution to suit an organisation’s risk management objectives and budget.
Ian Cockburn, Managing Director, RescueIT Ltd

3B: Data Security - what the head of IT needs to know pdf icon

This talk will provide an overview of the new legal framework for data security regulation, covering the Information Commissioner's new enforcement powers and rules for breach notification.
Stewart Room, Partner, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP

15.15-16.00    SESSION 4

4A: Home working, could it work for your charity? pdf icon

The Immigration Advisory Service use Homecallcentre and its team of Home workers to answer and deal with thousands of enquires. Bob and Rheba will show you how it could work for you and the opportunities it brings with it financially and environmentally.
Bob Travers, Managing Director, Homecallcentre and Rheba Glazier, Director, Immigration Advisory Service

4B: Sustainability - Why it Equals Good Business Sense and how can organisations measure sustainable performance pdf icon

Sustainability is here to stay, in boom or bust.  It is fast becoming an important topic for CFOs, COOs and CIOs. Why is sustainability important for your business, how high up the business agenda should it be and what tools do we have to help track sustainability performance?
Giles Hutchins, Head of Sustainability Solutions UK, Atos Origin

16.00-16.30    BREAK

16.30-17.15    CLOSING PLENARY

Closing of the Cyberspace Frontier and the De-Globalisation of the Internet pdf icon

For nearly two decades people have spoken of Cyberspace as a “Frontier”: a place for pioneers where there is no effective law, no law enforcement, and no borders. This session will explain why the Cyberspace Frontier no longer exists, how the Internet has moved into a new era of De-Globalisation, and what that means for all of us.
Robert Carolina, Director, Origin Ltd

17.15-17.30    CHAIR'S CLOSE

17.30-19.00    RECEPTION & NETWORKING 

Venue Details


The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE

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Bookings & Prices


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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