Caron Bradshaw OBE
Caron joined CFG in 2010 from the ICAEW where she was Head of the Charity and Voluntary Sector. In addition to supporting a number of small charities and community organisations Caron has been a member of the NCVO’s National Assembly and the Charities SORP Committee, has sat on a number of government working parties, is a member of the Church of England Pension Board’s Audit and Risk Committee, and is Chair of the Board of the Directory of Social Change (and her local hockey club). She was named in the top 30 UK social influences in Risk, Compliance and Regtech 2017.
Caron is a trained Barrister and has a wide array of experience across charity, regulation/law, policy, member support, and professional ethics. In 2015 she was named Charity Principal of the Year at the Charity Times Awards. In 2016 she received the Association Excellence Award for Leadership. Caron is an avidly ‘social’ CEO and was been named in the top 30 social CEOs in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Caron was honoured with an OBE for 'services to charity' in the New Year's Honours list 2021.
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Director of Finance & Operations
Rui leads CFG’s finance, HR and ICT teams. Despite holding a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Urban (Civil) Engineering, Rui turned to accountancy during the recession in the 1990s and hasn’t looked back.
After some years of training in commerce, he made a decision to pursue a career in the not-for-profit sector and has been there all millennium. His career has taken him to organisations such as Samaritans, NCT, Disabilities Trust and the General Chiropractic Council
Professionally, Rui is an FCCA, is the current Chair of the CFG’s Technical Accounting Forum and is a member of the ACCA’s Charity Panel.
Director of Commercial
Sarah joined CFG in August 2020 to lead the Commercial Services directorate. She is responsible for business development, partnerships, design and delivery of the events programme, membership and marketing. Sarah is an accomplished leader with over twenty years experience in membership marketing and business development across a diverse variety of sectors, including many not-for-profits. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, she moved to London after completing her BA from Carleton University, Ottawa, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Sarah is also a Trustee of a small charity, so being part of the CFG team and the charity world is close to her heart.
Director of Policy and Communications
Clare leads CFG’s Policy & Communications Team having spent her career in a range of policy, political and communications roles. Before moving into public affairs and comms as a freelancer in 2015, Clare worked for an MP for more than a decade, helping communities with issues from flooding to power supply. Previous to joining CFG, Clare was Head of Communications and External Relations for charity infrastructure body NAVCA.
Clare has a degree in Politics from Stirling University and a PhD from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She is a Chartered PR Practitioner and Member of the CIPR and has a long track record of volunteering. When she’s not working she can be found outside on her bike, running, walking or pretending the sea is not that cold, really.
Laura is CFG’S HR Manager having originally joined CFG assisting the Events Team in 2014. Previously, she worked at the Department for Education as an Executive Officer and before this she completed an internship with the Association of Graduate Recruiters working on a project to improve social mobility for graduates. She graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Sociology.
Head of Membership & Marketing
Jitesh joined CFG in October 2020 as Head of Membership & Marketing.
His career spans more than 20 years in the not-for-profit sector. In his early years, he led the delivery of several government funded training programmes aimed at supporting 16-24 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds (NEETs), to gain employability and work-based skills in the creative industries. Prior to joining CFG, he was the Head of Corporate Partnerships, Operations & Membership at The Institute for Turnaround, the professional body for the UK’s leading turnaround and transformation professionals.
Sarah joined CFG in October 2019 and is responsible for the management of the Events team and delivery of CFG’s large scale events including the Annual Conference and Annual Dinner.
Sarah has worked in the charity sector for over 10 years specialising in event delivery for a variety of charities such as Mind and the National Autistic Society.
Acting Head of Policy
Richard leads on CFG’s policy and public affairs with a focus on tax, banking, the wider economy and Brexit.
He joined CFG in 2018, having previously worked in the policy team at a membership organisation in the private sector, where he was responsible for work on immigration and a number of high-skilled sectors. Prior to this, Richard was Senior Policy Officer at a Westminster think tank, specialising in energy and climate policy, authoring numerous reports and helping to advise government on energy efficiency policy. He started his working life in the charity sector in the parliamentary team of an environmental NGO.
Emma Abbott joined CFG in September 2020 as Communications Manager.
Emma has more than 20 years’ experience working with non-profit organisations. Her previous role was senior editor for a publishing & digital agency specialising in member communications. Emma has edited a wide range of magazines and websites, and has worked closely with clients on digital projects. Prior to her time agency-side, Emma was communications manager at a large transatlantic membership organisation.
Conference Programme Developer
Joanna is responsible for the programme development for all CFG’s conferences and members’ meetings. She has previously worked in programme development on a wide variety of conferences, forums and trainings in private and public sector both in the UK and internationally.
Joanna graduated with a MSc from the University College London and has in the past volunteered for several charitable organisations in the UK and abroad.
Senior Membership and Insight Officer
Jessica joined CFG in April 2018 to provide front line support to all members and aid in events organisation. She graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Politics and International Development and then took on an Executive Assistant role. In 2017 Jessica moved to Sydney Australia to work in the department of Health for New South Wales Government for six months and then travelled around the world before returning home to work on the 2018 Sport Relief campaign at Comic Relief.
Natalie joined the membership team in August 2019 as a Membership and Database Administrator and is responsible for keeping our membership data organised and up to date. After obtaining her Geography degree, Natalie decided to work as a make-up artist, leaving in 2019 to start her career within the charity sector.
Interim Financial Controller
Kanu joined CFG in December 2020 as Interim Financial Controller. Educated with a degree in Finance (MBA) & ACCA – Finalist, and with more than 20 years' experience as a finance professional. Kanu has worked in an interim capacity with a variety of different private sector and not-for-profit organisations and specialises in the SAP ERP system.
Kanu is an active Member of the Institute of Financial Accountants and is a Member of the Institute of Public Accountant, Australia.
Senior Membership and Insight Officer
Zoe joined CFG in May 2018 as a Member and Customer Support Officer after previously working in various fundraising roles in arts charities. She graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in Media Studies, after which she lived in Nicaragua for 6 months volunteering with an Eco-Hostel on Mombacho Volcano.
Digital Communications Specialist
Nicola joined Charity Finance Group in February 2018 and is responsible for managing and developing CFG’s digital channels.
She has worked at various public sector and third sector organisations within a digital marketing role, most recently at Action on Hearing Loss. Nicola holds a degree in law from the University of Westminster.
Events & Membership Officer
Lucy joined CFG in January 2020 as our Events Assistant, and now works as Events and Membership Officer. Lucy is responsible for the organisation and delivery of assigned events, alongside providing administrative support to members.
Lucy graduated from UCL with a degree in History, and before joining CFG had a temporary role as Running Events Assistant for Alzheimer’s Society. She has also volunteered for heritage organisations, including The National Archives, and the Foundling Museum.
Will has a degree in finance and property from the University of Reading but was brought to the charity sector through a volunteering role as well as spending time in the middle East, seeing regional issues through the lens of a local NGO.
Will joined the partnerships team in June 2020, excited to be part of CFG at a challenging but critical time for the sector and to explore how it can best be served through close collaboration with its service providers.
Will is also interested in the humanitarian sector and sustainable urban design due to their important contribution to making the planet a better place to live.
IT and Database Manager
In his role of IT and Database Manager, Chris has ownership of support for all IT Systems, Networks and applications including the CFG Website and leading the project to move CFG’s IT systems to the cloud. Previously, Chris was based in the city working in various IT roles, including IT Manager, System Admin and web development for large solution providers and companies in the insurance sector.
Federico (Freddie) Oliviero
Federico looks after the marketing activities at CFG. Before joining CFG in October 2021, he previously worked for Fintech companies managing and developing their marketing strategies both online and offline.
Federico has also volunteered for non-profit organisations, including TEDxLondon, where he covered the role of Social Media Coordinator.
He graduated with an MSc in Marketing from the Queen Mary University of London and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Sannio in Italy.
Federico is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights and mental health awareness.