Leadership and career development

Caron Bradshaw, CEO of Charity Finance Group, is awarded an OBE

“I am deeply grateful for what I see as recognition of CFG’s work” says Caron.

Caron Bradshaw, CEO of Charity Finance Group, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2021.

Caron’s appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) has been made ‘for services to charity’.

The New Year’s Honours List 2021, published on 30 December 2020, recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.

An OBE is awarded to those who have a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.

Chair of CFG’s Board of Trustees, Gary Forster, commented:

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we’re delighted that Caron has been recognised with an OBE. First and foremost, this is an acknowledgement of her tireless passion for the sector, and her achievements at CFG and beyond.

"Caron’s fierce resolve to protect the sector during these dark times has been both a rallying cry to other sector bodies and a challenge to our government. For that reason I also see this award as a gift to the sector, a signal that we must continue to stand by our principles, fight on behalf of those who most need our support, through good times and bad, no matter how uncomfortable or difficult that can be.”

On receiving the news, Caron said:

“I am deeply grateful for what I see as recognition of CFG’s work to support amazing people across our social change organisations and civil society.

“This recognition is bitter-sweet for me; the work of our sector is so critical to the health of society and is never more needed than now. However, whilst government has increased its positive language about our contributions, civil society remains an afterthought in policy-making.

“I hope that I can use this honour in a positive way to press for more support and recognition for the millions of staff, volunteers and donors, who work tirelessly and unrecognised every day of the year, to make society a better place.”


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About Caron Bradshaw, OBE, CEO, Charity Finance Group

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). Caron is a trained Barrister and has a wide range of experience across charity, regulation/law, policy, member support, and professional ethics. In 2015, Caron 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 has made it into the top 30 social CEOs in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In October 2020, Caron was named Woman of the Year (non-CCAB) at the Women in Finance and Accountancy Awards. In December 2020, Caron was conferred the honour of OBE in the New Year’ Honours List 2021.

About Charity Finance Group

Charity Finance Group (CFG) is the charity that inspires a financially confident, dynamic and trustworthy charity sector. We do this by championing best practice, nurturing leadership and influencing policy makers.

For further information, please contact:

Emma Abbott, Communications Manager at Charity Finance Group: 07815189897 /

Roberta Fusco, Director of Policy and Communications at Charity Finance Group:

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