CFG was established in 1987 – follow our 30-year history, and how we have developed from a small group of financial directors to a thriving charity with over 1,400 members.

The idea for Charity Finance Group sprang from the vision of one man, Adrian Randall, then Finance Director of Cancer Research Campaign.

After a discussion with a few fellow FDs, Adrian set about starting a group to provide "... the exchange of views and the discussion and potential solution of common problems among chartered accountants and other senior financial executives working in charities."

By the end of the year, CFDG (we have since dropped the ‘D’) was being run out of a small office at the Cancer Research Campaign, and 130 charities had joined the group.

Three decades later and Adrian’s vision is still going strong. We have established a strong movement of professionals working for change, growing into a well-respected charity and increasing our charity members ten-fold. Follow our timeline below to chart some of the key moments along the way.

CFG at present: a thriving charity with membership of over 1,450 organisations

2017: CFG’s 30-year anniversary. Establish new award to recognise excellence in charity financial management

2016: Campaign to maintain charitable Mandatory Business Rate Relief

2015: CFG’s campaigning leads to DWP calling for evidence on the section 75 pension debt rules

2014: Create Special Interest Group for Community Accountants and CEO Alumni

2013: Kick off a new three-year strategy

2012: 25th Anniversary and a change of name from CFDG to CFG

2011: A new CEO, and responding to a new political environment

2010: CFDG works to respond to the 2010 election

2009: Keith Hickey, then CEO, leaves to join RNIB

2008: 20th anniversary, and supporting charities in a time of recession

2007: A new chair and record numbers of attendees at the annual conference

2006: Keith Hickey joins as CEO, and CFG’s governance is changed and improved

2005: A re-brand and farewell to CFG’s CEO, Shirley Scott

2004: CFDG celebrates recruiting its 1,000th member

2003: CFDG works to inform and influence SORP on behalf of its members

2002: Development of online groups, and first risk survey carried out

2001: First regional groups set up, online resource sharing platform launches

1997: 10th anniversary commemorated by annual dinner attended by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal

1996: CFDG registered as a charity, Stephen Burgess appointed chair

1992: Andrew Hind appointed as CFDG's second chair

1991: Charity Finance Handbook launches, first member’s helpline set up

1990: Finance execs from 18 of the top 20 charities become members

1988: First member’s meeting and annual dinner held

1987: Adrian Randall sets up the Charity Finance Director’s Group


Annual Reports

See our archive of annual reports for more detailed information about CFG’s history.