Keith Hickey, chief Executive of the Charity Finance Directors’
Group (CFDG) is leaving to become the resources group director
at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).
Hickey, who took over the CFDG role in 2006, has raised
the profile of the organisation to ensure that it now influences
finance policy at the highest levels.
In particular, Hickey has been a respected voice during
the current recession.
Over the last 12 months CFDG has published timely research
on the impacts of the recession, spoken out on charity finance
issues and provided services to support charity finance
Hickey’s focus on the needs of members has seen the
organisation increase its membership by 35%, improve its
interaction with members, widen its range of membership
services and increase its presence outside of London.
Members have increased their attendance at CFDG events
and participated in policy consultations in greater numbers
under his tenure.
His ambitious approach has led to the organisation to develop
a focused strategy and implement a business plan which has
resulted in a healthy financial situation despite the recession.
Melvin Coleman, CFDG deputy chair, said: “We are
sorry to lose Keith: under his leadership CFDG has been
steered into its current strong position where it is ready
to take on the challenges of the future.”