Third Sector Awards 2016: Financial Leadership Award - Winner: David Barlow, Career Connect

Awarded to an individual, team or department that has displayed outstanding financial leadership by, for example, helping an organisation to overcome financial challenges or through the development of an improved financial strategy

David Barlow
David Barlow

Who is he?

David Barlow is the director of finance at Career Connect, which provides careers information, advice and support for vulnerable adults and young people. 

What has he done?

Thanks to David's innovative thinking, Career Connect's finance team now provide comprehensive financial management services to charities and not-for-profit companies, operating in similar areas of work across the UK.

His team of 11.5 staff managed a combined turnover of £37m across seven organisations in 2014-2015. The team's commitment and expertise have enabled Career Connect's customers to reduce their financial management costs by 30 per cent, and improved their understanding of financial information, which has led to better decision making.

The income generated from this work has made the Career Connect finance team self-funding and enabled the organisation to direct more funds into delivery of services. 

What did the judges say?

Andrew O’Brien, head of policy and engagement at the Charity Finance Group, said: "This is an excellent example of how financial leadership in charities can have positive benefits for one organisation and for many. Finance is about marshalling and effectively using resources, and David has demonstrated this despite the difficult financial environment his charity and others are operating in."

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