London Members' Meeting

Leadership Pensions and HR

Thursday 11 July 2019

Tower Place West
50 Lower Thames Street
London EC3R 5BU

The CFG members' meeting in July is centred on effective management of employee performance.

This meeting will share the latest updates in employment law. We will also look at how to manage difficult conversations with your employees in an effective way.

Finally, we will consider how to track the performance of your employees and motivate them well for better performance outcomes, and how this can contribute to a positive working environment. 

This meeting is free and for CFG members only. 



Carla Whalen, Associate, Russell-Cooke

Carla supports charities with all aspects of employment and data protection law. She has appeared in Employment Tribunals across the country and regularly advises on HR issues, mergers and TUPE

Stella Smith, Trustee, Charity Finance Group

Stella is an independent consultant specializing in leadership and strategy in the charity sector. Since setting up her practice in 2006, she has worked with a wide range of organisations, from large household names to small community groups in the UK, Europe and Africa.
Her career started as an English teacher first in Greece and then with VSO in China before going on to work in strategy and change management at RNIB and Centrepoint. She has been a trustee with VSO and Chair of Y-Gen, a north London charity focused on developing life skills for young people. She has written numerous articles and guides on charity sector management and is currently a columnist for Third Sector magazine.

David Wreford, Partner, Mercer

Richard Sagar, Chair, CFG

15.00 - 15.30

Registration and refreshments


Chair’s welcome

Richard Sagar, CFG


Welcome from our host


Employment law update

This session will discuss the latest changes to employment law which will impact charity organisations, and will also consider the new developments to employment rights which you will need to know.

Carla Whalen, Associate, Russell-Cooke


Managing performance 

Whilst much is known about the nature of employee engagement in the for-profit sectors, there is limited insight into what motivates nonprofit sector employees and the nature of the career architecture that capitalises on these motivations. David Wreford, a partner in Mercer, has worked with numerous nonprofits and INGOs developing talent and reward frameworks, and will share what he has learnt from these experiences. David is also studying for an MSc in voluntary sector management and currently doing a thesis on ‘career engagement in the sector’. In this capacity he has reviewed what feel like all the academic research on the topic and will weave the theory and insights into the presentation. This will cover a range of topics all linked to employee engagement, including leadership styles, job design, performance management, reward management and reward design.

Attendees may be interested in David’s current research. This includes a concise survey of sector employee attitudes to their careers, as well as a quick HR diagnostic on the nature of the programmes in place to guide people’s careers. These only take a few minutes to complete. After the session we will forward the links to these surveys. As a free offer David is inviting the conference participants to circulate these to their employees and HR staff to complete. Participating will then receive a free copy of the research findings

David Wreford, Partner, Mercer



Challenging conversations and how to manage them

Join this session to learn more about how to deliver difficult messages and lead sensitive conversations with members of your team in an effective, empathetic way and how you make sure you can achieve the results you wanted. 

Stella Smith, Trustee, Charity Finance Group

Chair closes 

17.30 - 18.30

Drinks reception

Charities - Members£0.00
Corporate - Members£0.00
Individual - Members£0.00

This conference is kindly hosted by