Trustees

Our board of trustees is essential to the smooth-running of CFG. We value the wide range of expertise and insight they bring from their vast experience across the charity sector.

Gary Forster

Gary joined Publish What You Fund as CEO in July 2018 after taking a career break to travel with his wife. Before this he was the CEO of the INGO Transaid from 2011 until 2017 having joined the organisation as a volunteer in 2006. With a background in logistics from his time at Procter and Gamble, and qualifications in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Gary has spent much of his career designing, implementing and evaluating health programmes throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Arati Patel

A Fellow of the ACCA, Arati is Director of Finance and Operations at St George's Hospital Charity where she has been since March 2019, and has over 25 years' experience in the charity sector. Arati has sound financial management experience and has contributed to an increase in the financial and property investments portfolio. Arati has also led the change management programme, including CRM systems implementation and digital projects designed to support teams in being increasingly dynamic and effective. Arati is passionate about using her role as a Trustee to not only serve CFG members and further the aims of the charity, but also to use it as a platform to raise awareness of challenges affecting the sector.

Kerry Shea

Kerry is the Finance Director at Everybody Sport and Recreation, a charity which encourages individuals to improve their health through participation in recreation. Kerry previously worked for VAST, where she established their very successful Community Accountancy project. As a Chartered Management Accountant she trained in industry, then moved over to the public sector before joining the Voluntary Sector in 2008. Kerry is very passionate about charity finance and believes that finance teams are in a unique position to influence and drive their organisations, and so change the shape of the whole sector.

Stella Smith

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.

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin joined the Board in December 2018.

Kevin joined the not for profit sector in July 2016 as Director of Finance & Corporate Resources at Young Lives vs Cancer (formerly CLIC Sargent) – the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. Kevin’s key areas of responsibility are finance, technology, property & facilities, risk & assurance and data governance. Before joining the sector, Kevin held various finance roles in several large, global and multinational corporates (in manufacturing, trading and property), most latterly as Head of Finance for Grosvenor’s London Estate across Mayfair and Belgravia. Kevin Is CIMA qualified.

Saf Rahbour

Saf joined the CFG Board in September 2019. She is currently Director of Finance & Operations at The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET).

As a CIMA qualified Chartered Management Accountant, Saf has over 15 years’ experience working within the non-profit and INGO sector. Her roles have included supporting senior management and board members through strategic leadership and operational support, leading teams during transition phases, and delivering financial management training and guidance to country directors, finance managers and project staff based across Africa, Asia, and MENA regions.

Saf is also as an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee at UNICEF UK, where her role includes providing guidance and recommendations for the board on a range of policies and procedures including oversight on financial reporting, HR, governance, and internal controls.

Saf is passionate about championing best practice, especially the essence of inspiring financial leadership, and ensuring the charity sector continues to be dynamic and helping to build a better operating environment for all charities.

 

Avtar Boparai

Avtar is a Fellow of the ACCA and currently works as a Professional Development Expert in the Data Team at Corndel Ltd.

He joined the CFG Board in October 2019. Avtar trained and qualified as an accountant in industry before moving into the not-for-profit sector in 2015. Avtar has a key interest in finance, education, and technology and enabling the not-for-profit sector to take advantage of these developments. In his spare time, he engages in mentoring/coaching and podcasting to help others to advance and excel in their careers and personal development.

Kelly Ryder

Kelly is Head of Finance for the Orchard Trust, a charity based in the Forest of Dean who support adults with learning and physical disabilities to live independent and fulfilled lives.

Prior to this, Kelly worked for many years in the financial services industry and then in finance for a global manufacturing company, where she obtained her AAT qualification.

This is Kelly’s first trustee role and she is passionate about using it to serve CFG members and also to increase awareness of the challenges faced by charities in the social care sector. 

Mwiza Mkandawire

Mwiza is the Head of Finance and Administration at Transaid, an INGO where she has been since 2019. Prior to that she worked at arts charity Artsadmin Ltd for 11 years. Mwiza is a qualified chartered accountant and a CFG Inspiring Financial Leadership Alumni. Before joining Artsadmin Ltd in 2008 she worked with various organisations in both the commercial and charity sectors in Malawi. She has excellent knowledge and understanding of charity finance and is a trustee of two arts charities.