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CFG appoints two new Trustees

CFG's Chair Gary Forster welcomes Mwiza Mkandawire and Kelly Ryder.


CFG is delighted to announce the appointment of two new trustees to the board – Mwiza Mkandawire and Kelly Ryder.

Mwiza is Head of Finance and Administration at Transaid, an international development organisation that transforms lives through sustainable transport. Before joining Transaid in 2019, Mwiza worked at arts charity Artsadmin Ltd for 11 years.

Kelly’s career in financial services led her to become Head of Finance for the Orchard Trust, a charity based in the Forest of Dean that supports adults with learning and physical disabilities. This is her first trusteeship.

Commenting on her new role, Mwiza says: “I am very humbled and excited to be joining CFG, a fantastic organisation that caters to the needs of charities with limited resources. CFG is very important because it is the voice of charities and provides affordable training and resources to finance professionals working in the charity sector where training budgets are limited.

“CFG has helped me greatly in my career development. I have learned a lot from the events, training and monthly member meetings. I hope to use my trusteeship to inspire others and give back to the CFG community. This is also a good opportunity to learn, build up my network and share information with likeminded people.”

Like Mwiza, Kelly has been part of the CFG community for several years. Kelly comments: “I am both honoured and excited to be taking on my first trustee role. I have been a CFG member for around four years now, both I and my organisation have benefitted greatly from the courses and resources that CFG have to offer.

“Having the support of CFG has been invaluable as I have navigated my first leadership position in finance. Having worked for a charity in the social care sector for six years, I see this as an opportunity to represent both the social care charities and those charities that are in more rural locations by sharing my experiences in my new role.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside the rest of the trustee board as we move forward in providing support and new opportunities for charity finance professionals.”

Gary Forster, Chair of the Board of Trustees, CFG, comments: “I would like to warmly welcome Mwiza and Kelly to CFG’s Board. They bring with them a wealth of financial expertise, as well as experience from both the charity and commercial sectors.

“These appointments come at a significant time for CFG as we emerge from the challenges of the pandemic and look ahead to strengthen our position as the voice and go-to body of the charity finance community. I have no doubt that Mwiza and Kelly will make significant contributions and, on behalf of the Board, we look forward to working with them.”

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