FINANCE NEWS: Consultant hired by Directors' Group to develop sector's IT

The Charity Finance Directors' Group has appointed an external IT advisor to work with members in developing IT across the sector.

John Tate, founder of e-business and financial management company Tate Bramald, has taken on the new role.

According to the group, responsibility for information and communications technology (ICT) rests with the finance director in more than 80 per cent of charities.

Director Shirley Scott said: "ICT is essential if charities are to function and report on their activities more efficiently. Financial and fundraising software, website development and management information systems cost a lot to manage and are a major capital investment."

Tate commented: "I have been working with CFDG for over a decade and have seen the recent development of a whole range of new ICT services to their members. The group is the natural body to represent IT among not-for-profit organisations."

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