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 former Chair of the Board of the Directory of Social Change. She is Chair of 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 Services and Marketing
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.
Head of HR
Laura is CFG’S Head of HR having originally joined CFG assisting the Events Team in 2014. Laura achieved Assoc CIPD in May 2023. 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.
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.
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 and digital agency specialising in member communications and digital projects. Prior to her time agency-side, Emma was a 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.
Membership and Engagement Manager
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.
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.
Corporate Partnerships Coordinator
Will has a degree in finance and property from the University of Reading and joined the partnerships team in June 2020.
Excited to be part of CFG at a challenging but critical time for the sector, Will sees the great value of CFG as its close network and engagement of key corporate stakeholders.
Will volunteers with the Vipassana Trust in his free time and 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.
Mark came from the world of medical education and pharmaceutical brand campaigning to join CFG as Marketing Manager in October 2022. He has 10 years' experience in planning, organising and running multi-channel, award-winning campaigns for a host of clients of varying sizes. He is now eager to use that skillset for CFG to help with all things marketing, from strategy to execution and beyond.
Madeline has been working at CFG since January 2023 and has a background in social housing and higher education.
Gaining a BA Hons in Film and TV studies, Madeline went on a different career path after taking time off travelling. With over 18 years of experience working in marketing, at the forefront is working for a great team of friendly, passionate people who want to make a difference.
Madeline likes to travel and cook in her spare time and actively supports the Pingalwara society in Amritsar, India.
After graduating with a degree in History from Lancaster University, Eve worked as Operational Support for one of Britain’s oldest and most well-known castles. She is the founder of a student-led organisation that supports survivors of sexual violence at universities, and she has experience leading local and online grassroots campaigning. In her spare time, Eve has been involved in the creation and filming of several short films, and she has volunteered for charities such as Alzheimer’s Society.
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.
Corporate Partnerships Officer
A graduate of Loughborough University’s International Business programme, Hannah joined the CFG team in May 2023. In-between these two milestones she has spent her career in the city, working in account management and direct sales.
In her spare time, you will find Hannah singing at choir or walking in the Pennines, a place she now calls home. While she has volunteered for multiple charities through the years, she is thrilled to now be able to align this with a career in the third sector.