Risk Conference 2022

Thursday 27 January 2022

Increasingly demanding regulatory and operating environments have been applying additional pressure on the charity sector and how they assess and report operational risks. Therefore, understanding risk and the level of uncertainties your organisation is exposed to is critical as charities work hard to achieve their objectives.

Good risk management can empower your charity to grasp opportunities, meet urgent needs and achieve even more for your beneficiaries.

CFG has put together a Risk Conference 2022 with this in mind. The conference will aim to:

  • answer your questions about effective risk management,
  • prepare you for disaster recovery,
  • help you identify emerging risks,
  • provide you with an opportunity to learn from others in the sector and more.

How to attend

The event is taking place online. We will send you details of how to join before the event takes place.

Who is this event useful for?

This event is open to all and would be valuable for finance directors, heads of finance, CFOs and finance managers, and risk managers from across the charity sector.

About CFG events and membership

Becoming a CFG member gives you access to exclusive benefits including event discounts, so find out more about CFG Membership before you book. Association of Independent Museums members can register for free CFG membership through our partnership.

CFG events, training and members' meetings can count towards your continuous professional development (CPD), and this event could provide you with six hours of CPD. For more details contact your association or email events@cfg.org.uk.


Paul Rao, Director, UK Head of Not for Profit, Grant Thornton

Suki Pooni, Head of Counter-Fraud, Grant Thornton

Alyson Pepperill, Co-Chair of Charities SIG at Institute Of Risk Management, Client Projects Director at Gallagher

Amanda Wade, Member of Charities SIG at Institute Of Risk Management

Kirsten Walkom, Executive Vice President, Smith & Company

John Crawley, Lead Partner, Expert Partners

09:30 - 09:35

Chairs introduction and welcome

09:35 - 10:15

Opening Plenary – Identifying and tackling emerging risks in the charity sector

As the pandemic has proved, emerging risks may arise and evolve quickly and unexpectedly, and may create massive socio-economic disturbances. In this opening plenary, we will discuss what you need to look out for when identifying potential risks but also how you can approach minimising their impact.

Alyson Pepperill, Co-Chair of Charities SIG at Institute Of Risk Management

Amanda Wade Member of Charities SIG at Institute Of Risk Management

10:15 – 10:25

Refreshment Break

10:25 – 11:05

Stream A - Managing risk and building resilience

Managing risk and building resilience are highly interdependent. While risk management aims at managing all the uncertainties and potential disturbances, building resilience aims at building capacity to get over disturbances or stress. This enables organisations to not only survive but thrive. Join this session to learn what are the practical steps necessary to strengthen resilience and ensure long-term success for your organisation.

10:25 – 11:50

Stream B - Workshop: Practical exploration of managing risk

What tools can Charities use to effectively manage and report on their risks? The session will initially focus on roles and responsibilities at all levels including: Board, Management, Specialist and Internal Auditors. It will then follow those roles through to action management plans and the important stage on communicating – how does everyone know what is happening and what level of confidence they have on progress.

John Crawley, Lead Partner, Expert Partners


11:10 - 12.50

Stream A - Internal and external fraud

Charities are not impervious to fraud. It can be committed by someone within your charity (internal fraud) as well as by people that are not directly involved in the organisation (external fraud). This session is designed to help you identify what steps you can take to prevent your charity from fraud and outline what actions you need to take if your charity has been defrauded.

Paul Rao, Director, UK Head of Not for Profit, Grant Thornton 

Suki Pooni, Head of Counter-Fraud, Grant Thornton 

11:50 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:40

Stream A – Sustainability: going green and risk management

There is growing evidence indicating that sustainability factors influence financial returns and present an opportunity to drive long-term value. Over the last decade, environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks have gained increasing attention, particularly among investors, regulators, and charitable organisations. This session will cover how to manage risks associated with implementing NetZero in your organisation.

13:00 - 14:25

Stream B - Workshop: Crisis Management and disaster recovery

Unexpected events can be a painful shock to your charity, but there are ways to minimise their impact. This workshop will explore what action a charity can undertake in advance to save you time and money when disaster strikes. The session will offer tips for business continuity planning and how to create and evaluate a crisis management plan tailored to your organisation.

Kirsten Walkom, Executive Vice President, Smith & Company

13:45 - 14:25

Stream A – Remote and hybrid working: ensuring productivity and dealing with burnout

Remote and hybrid working can have many advantages for employees, including reducing travel time and work/private life balance. However, working from home may be challenging for many of us. Not being able to clearly differentiate between your work and personal life can have adverse outcomes on your and your teams’ productivity. This session will provide you with practical tips on how you and your employees can avoid the adverse effects of homeworking and ensure efficiency.


14:25 - 14:35

Refreshment break

14:35 - 15:15

Stream A - Risk management case study from outside the charity sector

This session will cover an example and expertise in risk management from outside charity sector. Join this session to discover how other organisations are approaching risk management and what solutions may be beneficial to your charity.

14:35 - 15:15

Stream B - Reputational risk management

Even the smallest dent to a charity’s reputation can have a huge impact on public trust and funding. This session will focus on how to keep your public trust at a high level, prepare for any potential threats to its reputation and manage damage once it’s happened.

15:20 - 16:00

Closing plenary - The importance of financial planning, reserves and risk management

The Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdowns have brought into sharp focus the importance of reserves to the survival of the charities when dealing with an unforeseen crisis. This session will explore this, looking at how to understand your business model and cost structure and how to determine your charity’s risk management and reserves policy.

16:00 – 16:10

Closing remarks 

Charities - Members - Early Bird Rate£88.00
Charities - Non-members£160.00
Corporate - Members£250.00
Individual - Members - Early Bird Rate£88.00
Individual - Non-members£160.00