Money matters

David Ainsworth's round-up of what's happening in the finance world.

- The Charity Accountants' Conference, organised by the Directory of Social Change and Sayer Vincent, will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham on 18 and 19 September. Guest speakers include Andrew Hind, chief executive of the Charity Commission, and Jeremy Swain, chief executive of Thames Reach. To book, visit

- Technology support charity the Charities Technology Trust has appointed a new chair of trustees. Charles Mindenhall, an existing trustee, will succeed Peter Wheeler, who has chaired the charity since 2002. Mindenhall is chief executive of IT services group Agilisys and co-founder of Blenheim Chalcot, an investment group that manages a fast-growth venture portfolio.

- International charity Mercy Corps is piloting a 'bank of banks' to relieve poverty in the Philippines with finance. The British-American charity hopes the bank will lend money and support to the country's thousands of microfinance institutions. It expects to raise about £17m.

- CCLAhas announced that Heather Lamont, currently head of HSBC's charities team, joined its team yesterday. She will be responsible for increasing services for existing clients and developing new business from large charities and foundations. "Heather Lamont is one of the UK's leading experts in charity investment," said Michael Quicke, chief executive of CCLA. "Our clients will benefit from her sector knowledge and strong investment skills."

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