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CFG board of trustees – opportunity for nominations

We are able to have up to seven elected Trustees, and up to three appointed Trustees. 

We have two positions available in the coming election and we are keen to entice or retain members for our Board who match some or more of our list of ‘must-have’ skills and experiences that we are looking for in this round of elections.

Our current Chair, Nicki Deeson from Amnesty International has reached the end of her maximum two terms on the Board and is, therefore, stepping down, and Kevin O’Brien, Director of Finance & Corporate Resources at CLIC Sargent who was co-opted to the Board in December 2018 is standing for election for the first time.

Our CFG Board requires dynamic leaders in their fields to join our highly skilled and committed team.  At a significant time of challenge and change for the sector, especially the need for decision-makers to understand and reflect on the role charities play within society, CFG has a real opportunity to effect change.  

At CFG we value and welcome difference and are always looking to develop an understanding of the relevance of others’ backgrounds (age, gender, ethnicity etc.).

As an organisation dedicated to financial leadership we are particularly keen to identify and attract the next generation of leaders. This includes those who are well-established in their role and those who are at a very early stage in their career

Our nomination process opens on Thursday 9 May and closes on Friday 5 July for this year’s elections. Please see How to apply below for further details.

See more about our current Board

Bearing in mind our regional and size/sector profile, we are looking for someone with who can say yes to at least one of the criteria below:

  • Are you currently a Finance Director at a large charity?
  • Do you have cause-related charity experience?
  • International experience?
  • Internal audit experience?
  • Or, are you new in your career but have a real demonstrable passion for the charity experience?

Skills and understanding:

  • Ambitious for CFG’s position as a leading voice in charity finance
  • Open minded and happy to listen, challenge (exec and fellow board members) and offer opinions
  • Brave and committed.


You don’t have to be a senior finance person to be eligible to become one of our Trustees, you just have to be able to demonstrate how you match the ‘What we are looking for?’ section above along with the essential criteria listed in the Person Specification (see role description below). We’re particularly keen to encourage a broader range of candidates with diverse backgrounds and experience – people at different stages in their careers as we feel this encourages really good debates and discussions and better decision-making.


  • To nominate yourself, you must work for a charity that is a full member of CFG
  • You must be proposed by an individual from a member charity (excluding your own) - If you feel that you will struggle to find an appropriate proposer then please get in touch and we can assist you.
  • You must be eligible to be a charity Trustee and Company Director (see declaration on the application form)

How to apply

Please read the role description, which includes an explanation of the role and responsibilities of the Trustees, and complete the application form.

Please send the completed application form, your CV and a headshot to – any queries can be directed there also.

We are seeking your nominations for these two positions by midday on Friday, 5 July 2019.

Elections will be taking place over the summer and voting information will be sent to the primary contact at each member charity by email – so do make sure your contact details are up to date.