Money matters

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

- Oxfam has appointed the current head of charities at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bob Humphreys, as its next finance director. Liz Hazell, who is currently joint leader of the firm's charity group, will take over from Humphreys when he takes up the position on 1 September.

- Nicva, the umbrella body for Northern Irish charities, is holding a half-day conference on coping with the recession. It will be held on 31 March at Nicva's offices in Duncairn Gardens, Belfast between 9.30am and 1pm. Speakers include Bruce Robinson, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, and Nicva chief executive Seamus McAleavey. For further information, email

- An update on tax and VAT will be provided for northern members of the Charity Finance Directors' Group on 23 April, between 1pm and 4.30pm. The meeting will take place at the Manchester offices of accountancy firm Grant Thornton. Speakers include three tax and VAT experts from the company. For more information, email

- Overdraft facilities offered by CAF Bank have yet to be widely taken up by the sector. Peter Mitchell, its chief executive, told Third Sector the bank, a subsidiary of the Charities Aid Foundation, had started offering the facilities after charities said they were an important factor in choosing where to bank. But he said most charities seemed to view them as a safety net, rather than as a source of finance.

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