Inspiring Financial Leadership 2023/24

Wednesday 4 October 2023

This event is fully booked.

Inspiring Financial Leadership 2023/24

Online Course 

Join us for the next step in your financial leadership journey with our flagship training course, Inspiring Financial Leadership, beginning this October.

We’re passionate about championing the integral place of the charity finance professional and the role and impact you have within your organisation.

Wherever you are in your career, this training course will help you step outside the box, rethink the traditional role of the finance professional, and empower you with tools and expertise.

About IFL

This highly popular course runs as a series of online seminars, in collaboration between Charity Finance Group, Centre for Charity Effectiveness and Sayer Vincent. The course combines the latest leadership models with practical advice and support through interactive sessions, discussions and individual coaching.

The course is focused on the role of the charity finance professional, drawing on leadership research and the challenges that finance professionals face. The course is highly interactive using a mix of practical experience, research and best practice. Attendees gain the skills and expertise to take them to the next stage of their leadership journey and progress in their career.

The course will be ran online to optimise accessibility.

The course

Full session details and speakers announcements coming soon.

The sessions will run from 08:45 - 11.15. We will send the link for each session the week prior.

Module 1: Leadership from the finance function - Wednesday 4th October 2023 

Module 2: Coaching for empowerment - Tuesday 14th November 2023 

Module 3: Vision and culture - Tuesday 12th December 2023 

Module 4: Leading change - Thursday 18th January 2024

Module 5: Communication - Thursday 22nd February 2024 

Module 6: Motivating self and others - Thursday 14th March 2024

Module 7: Wellbeing and resilience - Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Module 8: Leading and influencing high performing teams - Thursday 16th May 2024

 CFG early bird and member rates are available to Sayer Vincent audit clients for this course. If you are a Sayer Vincent client but not a CFG member, you will need to email stating you are a Sayer Vincent client, to receive a discount on this course booking.

If you are a member, book early to save £110 on the standard course fee. Early Bird closes September 11, standard course fee Members rate is £810 


About CFG events and membership

Becoming a CFG member gives you access to exclusive benefits including event discounts, so find out more about CFG Membership before you book. Association of Independent Museums members can register for free CFG membership through our partnership.

CFG events, training and members' meetings can count towards your continuous professional development (CPD), and this event could provide you with 20 hours of CPD. For more details contact your association or email



Maggie Smith, Coach & IFL Course Director, Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CCE)

Maggie Smith is a coach and facilitator who engages in one to one and team coaching and designs and delivers open and tailored in-house leadership programmes.

She is a consultant with the CCE, the Institute of Employment Studies, The Work Foundation, and Leadership Works. Maggie is also a fellow of the Centre for Progressive Leadership at London Metropolitan University.

Maggie works with public, voluntary and private sector organisations including the Metropolitan Police Service (with whom she trained as a solutions focus coach), Prospect, Surrey Police, Shepherds Bush Housing Group, Ipsos-Mori, DEFRA, the Society and College of Radiographers, National Union of Students, Keniston Housing and Midland Heart.

With a couple of colleagues she’s founded Towards Outstanding Leadership and alumni from those leadership programmes come from the Home Office, the Department for Transport, the Cabinet Office, South Hook Gas, the FSCS, Accord Housing Group, Ipsos-MORI the Society and College of Radiographers and Plan International. She holds a diploma in Executive Coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching which is accredited by the International Coach Federation (of which she is a member), the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and Middlesex University.

Previously, Maggie worked at The Work Foundation in the leadership programme and as part of the Advocacy team. As Head of Events she was a lead on their high profile party conference fringe programmes and organised events for speakers including Tony Blair whilst Prime Minister, Greg Dyke, former Director General of the BBC and Sir Terry Leahy, ex-CEO of Tesco plc. This follows many years in management positions in the events and hotel industries where she specialised in project management and leading diverse teams.

In her spare time she is studying Psychology with the Open University and has recently completed a foundation programme in positive psychology.

Judith Miller, Partner & IFL Course Director,, Sayer Vincent

Judith became a partner at Sayer Vincent in 2006. Before joining the firm, she trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, working for them in the UK and in Germany. She is a Fellow of the ICAEW and holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting. Sayer Vincent works exclusively with registered charities and other social purpose organisations.


As well as handling a portfolio of charity audit clients (internal and external), Judith leads reviews of governance, organisational and team structures, which includes the efficiency and effectiveness of support functions. Judith's work reflects our emphasis on the "people factors". She aims to bring complex technical matters to life, making them easily accessible. Judith is an experienced trainer and facilitator and designs bespoke development days, as well as speaking at conferences and leading seminars.


Judith has been a trustee for over 15 years. Here appointments included sitting on the board of a  corporate foundation and a charity which provided care to people with learning disabilities. She is currently a trustee and treasurer of a sector infrastructure body.


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