Caron Bradshaw OBE
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). She was named in the top 30 UK social influences in Risk, Compliance and Regtech 2017.
Caron is a trained Barrister and has a wide array of experience across charity, regulation/law, policy, member support, and professional ethics. In 2015 she 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 was been named in the top 30 social CEOs in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Caron was honoured with an OBE for 'services to charity' in the New Year's Honours list 2021.
Katie joined CFG in November 2019 as maternity cover for the Executive Assistant to CEO.
Katie comes from a background in construction and property development but has decided to focus on progressing her career within the charity sector as it’s always been something she feels passionately towards being involved in.
Director of Finance & Operations
Rui leads CFG’s finance, HR and ICT teams. Despite holding a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Urban (Civil) Engineering, Rui turned to accountancy during the recession in the 1990s and hasn’t looked back.
After some years of training in commerce, he made a decision to pursue a career in the not-for-profit sector and has been there all millennium. His career has taken him to organisations such as Samaritans, NCT, Disabilities Trust and the General Chiropractic Council
Professionally, Rui is an FCCA, is the current Chair of the CFG’s Technical Accounting Forum and is a member of the ACCA’s Charity Panel.
Director of Commercial
Sarah joined CFG in August 2020 to lead the Commercial Services directorate. She is responsible for business development, partnerships, design and delivery of the events programme, membership and marketing. Sarah is an accomplished leader with over twenty years experience in membership marketing and business development across a diverse variety of sectors, including many not-for-profits. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, she moved to London after completing her BA from Carleton University, Ottawa, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Sarah is also a Trustee of a small charity, so being part of the CFG team and the charity world is close to her heart.
Sarah joined CFG in October 2019 and is responsible for the management of the Events team and delivery of CFG’s large scale events including the Annual Conference and Annual Dinner.
Sarah has worked in the charity sector for over 10 years specialising in event delivery for a variety of charities such as Mind and the National Autistic Society.
Director of Policy and Engagement
Roberta leads CFG’s Policy and Engagement directorate, which includes policy development, research, stakeholder management, member engagement and communications. Roberta worked in policy and communications roles in national, regional and local government in England and Europe, and recently transitioned to the UK charity and voluntary sector. With a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a CIM Professional Diploma, her aim is to bring together theory and practice to shape social change which has real life impact.
Roberta plays an active role in her local community and chairs a volunteer-led branch of the National Autistic Society, and has also acted as a school governor.
Richard leads on CFG’s policy and public affairs with a focus on tax, banking, the wider economy and Brexit.
He joined CFG in 2018, having previously worked in the policy team at a membership organisation in the private sector, where he was responsible for work on immigration and a number of high-skilled sectors. Prior to this, Richard was Senior Policy Officer at a Westminster think tank, specialising in energy and climate policy, authoring numerous reports and helping to advise government on energy efficiency policy. He started his working life in the charity sector in the parliamentary team of an environmental NGO.
Laura joined the Events team in CFG in February 2018. As Events Officer she provides full project management for assigned events such as conferences, trainings and members meetings.
Previous to this role Laura has worked as Conferences and Events Assistant in Alzheimer’s Society for more than two years, supporting the Roadshow team in the delivery of a wide range of events all over the country.
Laura is originally from Italy and she loves spending time cooking, painting and taking long walks along the river in sunny days.
IT and Database Manager
In his role of IT and Database Manager, Chris has ownership of support for all IT Systems, Networks and applications including the CFG Website and leading the project to move CFG’s IT systems to the cloud. Previously, Chris was based in the city working in various IT roles, including IT Manager, System Admin and web development for large solution providers and companies in the insurance sector.
Emma Abbott joined CFG in September 2020 as Communications Manager.
Emma has more than 20 years’ experience working with non-profit organisations. Her previous role was senior editor for a publishing & digital agency specialising in member communications. Emma has edited a wide range of magazines and websites, and has worked closely with clients on digital projects. Prior to her time agency-side, Emma was communications manager at a large transatlantic membership organisation.
Conference Programme Developer
Joanna is responsible for the programme development for all CFG’s conferences and members’ meetings. She has previously worked in programme development on a wide variety of conferences, forums and trainings in private and public sector both in the UK and internationally.
Joanna graduated with a MSc from the University College London and has in the past volunteered for several charitable organisations in the UK and abroad.
Cordelia joined CFG in June 2019 as our Corporate Partnerships Officer and is responsible for the recruitment of new corporate partners and the management of existing relationships. Cordelia studied Law at the University of Cambridge and has volunteered for many charities including Autism Bedfordshire and MIND. Cordelia is passionate about charities, in particular women’s charities and human rights organisations, and aspires to become a trustee at a charity of this type.
Membership and Database Administrator
Natalie joined the membership team in August 2019 as a Membership and Database Administrator and is responsible for keeping our membership data organised and up to date. After obtaining her Geography degree, Natalie decided to work as a make-up artist, leaving in 2019 to start her career within the charity sector.
Senior Membership and Insight Officer
Jessica joined CFG in April 2018 to provide front line support to all members and aid in events organisation. She graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Politics and International Development and then took on an Executive Assistant role. In 2017 Jessica moved to Sydney Australia to work in the department of Health for New South Wales Government for six months and then travelled around the world before returning home to work on the 2018 Sport Relief campaign at Comic Relief.
Senior Membership and Insight Officer
Zoe joined CFG in May 2018 as a Member and Customer Support Officer after previously working in various fundraising roles in arts charities. She graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in Media Studies, after which she lived in Nicaragua for 6 months volunteering with an Eco-Hostel on Mombacho Volcano.
Abby is responsible for member marketing and communications, events marketing, campaign planning, editorial, copywriting and production for print and online publications including CFG's member magazine, and design production.
Abby joined CFG in March 2018 from a multi-sector background working in commercial and charity organisations.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Nicola joined Charity Finance Group in February 2018 and is responsible for managing and developing CFG’s digital channels.
She has worked at various public sector and third sector organisations within a digital marketing role, most recently at Action on Hearing Loss. Nicola holds a degree in law from the University of Westminster.