CFDG announces new chair and trustees

12th September 2011

Charity Finance Directors’ Group (CFDG) is pleased to announce that Ian Theodorsen, chief finance officer with the Church of England has been elected as CFDG’s new chair. He succeeds Roger Chester who has been acting chair since June 2011. Rosie Chapman, previously director of policy and effectiveness at the Charity Commission, has been appointed to the trustee board as a non-member trustee. The two vacant member trustee positions will be filled by Kevin Barnes, director of finance at Barnardo’s and Diane Bassett, head of corporate services at the South West Lakes Trust.

Ian is one of the most respected finance directors in the charity sector. He has held senior corporate roles in Save the Children and Barnardo’s and helped establish the Charities Consortium. Ian was also one of the founding members of CFDG in 1987 and served as the group’s first treasurer.

Ian Theodorsen, in accepting the role of chair, said, “I’m delighted to be re-engaging so actively with CFDG. This is challenging time financially for charities and the role of finance professional has never been more important. CFDG has an enormous amount to offer as the key finance body operating in the sector. I really look forward to help taking the organisation forward."

Rosie Chapman said, “I’m really enthusiastic about this trustee role and working with CFDG. I believe passionately that charity and not-for profit ethos is vital part of a healthy society. CFDG, with its membership structure, technical underpinning and professional campaigning role is an ideal way for me to continue my work in the sector.” Roger Chester, Head of Finance and Administration at Lionheart, retired, and Fiona Young, Head of Resources at The Tudor Trust and Charles Nall, now finance director at Moorfields Hospital have stepped down.

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Notes to Editors:

1. CFDG is the charity that champions best practice in finance management in the voluntary sector. Our training and development programmes enable finance managers to give the essential leadership on finance strategy and management that their charities need. With more than 1,700 members, managing over £21bn, we are uniquely placed to challenge regulation which threatens the effective use of charity funds. For more information, please see

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