Directors' group overhaul

The Charity Finance Directors' Group is to undergo significant change this summer with the departure of its chair and deputy chair and the appointment of a new sub-set of trustees who are not finance directors.

In September, current chair Paul Breckell, deputy chair Steve Mahon and trustee Geoff Wheeler will step down. All three have served for the maximum six years on the charity's board.

The charity is seeking replacements, who need not be charity finance directors but who do have skills in media, marketing and lobbying. The decision to broaden the expertise on the board beyond CFDG members was made after a skills audit of the board was conducted last September.

"It's been great to see the CFDG go from strength to strength," Breckell said. "We want to broaden our skill-set as we grow into what is our 20th anniversary."

Ernese Skinner, policy and campaigns officer at the CFDG, said the group would be developing new strategies during the summer. "We are looking to gear ourselves up to review the way we operate," she said.

The advertisement for the new trustees refers to a time of "significant change" for the charity.

Skinner confirmed that the new chair would be appointed from among the group's remaining seven trustees, who are Philip Brown, Melvin Coleman, Tom Sterry, Roger Chester, Rohan Hewavisenti, Fiona Young and Charles Nall.

In a separate move, Breckell announced last week that he was leaving his current post as finance director of the Church Mission Society to become executive director of finance at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.

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