Become a CFG Trustee

You can become a Trustee of CFG by being appointed by the Board, or by being elected by our member charities.

CFG Board of Trustees – opportunity for nominations

We have three opportunities available for our members to join the Board of Trustees.

We are keen for members to nominate themselves if they match two or more of our list of ‘must-have’ skills and experiences.

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

What we are looking for

We are particularly keen to ensure we have knowledge and experience of:

▪ Regional knowledge and connections
▪ Membership body or service providing charity
▪ Willingness to be Treasurer
▪ Willingness to join the Finance and Audit Committee
▪ Small charities
▪ Charity finance challenges within the sector
▪ CICs, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations

We are equally keen to ensure we have the right 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 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 decisions.

Nomination process

Our nomination process opens on Tuesday 8th May and closes on Thursday 5th July for this year’s elections.

Three of our current Trustees; Samantha Husband, Kerry Shea and John Tranter (current CFG Treasurer) have reached the end of their first three year term.  All have confirmed they intend to nominate themselves for a second term.

Our Mem and Arts state that Trustees can serve a maximum of two consecutive three year terms on the board.


▪ 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)
▪ 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 (pdf), which includes an explanation of the role and responsibilities of the Trustees, and fill out the application form (word doc). (this will appear as a download)

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

We are seeking your nominations for these three positions by midday on Thursday, 5th July 2018.

Elections will only take place if we receive more than three nominations, otherwise the three nominees we receive will be automatically appointed.

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.

To see more about our current Board, please visit


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

Appointed positions

Appointed positions are an opportunity for individuals who are not members of CFG to join our Board.

The process includes completing an application form, and if successfully shortlisted, meeting with our CEO, Caron Bradshaw, and our Chair, Nicki Deeson, to discuss your interest in the role, and your experience and skills.

If we find the right person, they will then be recommended to the Board for appointment.

Elected positions

To apply for an elected position, you must be working in a CFG member charity and nominate yourself as well being proposed by someone else from a CFG member charity to support your application.

After that it’s up to our members to vote for the person they feel fits the role and who they want to represent them at Board level.

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