Future Focus

Free essential webinar series for charity leaders. 

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Talking and walking through numbers – focussed on financials, including cashflow forecasting and funding.

Date: Tuesday 28 July

Time: 11am - 12 noon

Cost: Free

This is a financials session which will include going through what a robust cashflow model looks like, tools, packages that charities could use, tips etc. It will briefly cover funding in the financial accounting context – where it comes from and mix – contracted, grants, enterprise etc. Does this mix need to change to ensure sustainabilty?  

Presenter Bio - Kate Masters – Cranfield Trust Volunteer

Kate Masters

An international, dynamic and commercially astute Company Director and Chartered Accountant with general management and due diligence experience:  Demonstrated ability to successfully lead multi-national, multi-disciplinary business project teams: Highly analytical, pro-active and results oriented. Kate is an experienced Cranfield Trust volunteer.


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Date: Thursday 30 July

Time: 11am - 12.30 noon

Cost: Free

We are delighted to bring together into one virtual space a group of experts that will introduce key topics for scenario planning as we continue on an uncertain path of service recovery. Each of our panellists will talk for 10 minutes providing a brief overview of some key routes to consider after which we will open the floor for Q&A. Delegates are invited to submit questions before hand and we will take further questions via our Q&A webinar facility. 

We hope all delegates will leave having had an opportunity to reflect and with some ideas and options for potential next steps for their organisations whether that be greater collaboration with others through to merging or insolvency. Once you have registered you will receive the option of sending in a question. There will also be a live Q&A question and we will be inviting all that attended to smaller, topic related Peer to Peer Exchanges. These will be organised by demand and available dates.


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Chair: Sanjay Asher

Sanjay Asher
Sanjay Asher

Sanjay is an experienced Finance Director with cross-sector experience in media, entertainment, retail and not-for-profit. Until recently, Sanjay was an interim specialising business improvement and on occasions turnaround when organisations were facing financial distress. Sanjay has undertaken non-financial roles such as business development, business affairs and operations as well during his career. He is a long-term volunteer with the Trust and has undertaken a number of projects during and after his MBA at Cranfield School of Management. Sanjay is currently a Finance Director at Station 12, which is a niche venture capital firm specialising in sports, entertainment and knowledge sectors.

Collaboration and Charities: Colin Pinks

Colin Pinks
Colin Pinks

Colin’s mission is to enable people to make the most of their human potential, by communicating, collaborating and adapting to change more effectively. Nurturing the collaborative space where people come together and new insights emerge, he blends experience in business, design, theatre, technology and art to improve the way we think, behave and work.

He has worked extensively across commercial and government sectors, building new businesses and now acts as a trusted adviser to senior leaders. He has worked with the Cranfield Trust as a volunteer for over 10 years and has served as chair and trustee for a major therapy charity for 5 years. 

Colin is currently helping individuals, teams and organisations navigate to their Next Normal, delivering insights and practical tools to encourage resilience, team cohesion and organisational dynamics. He is a TED talker and conference presenter, sharing stories on why embracing collaboration, co-creation and complexity lie at the heart of our fast-evolving world.

Mergers: Rachael Charmbury

Rachael Charmbury
Rachael Charmbury

Rachael Charmbury is an experienced CEO and non-practising lawyer who has worked across a number of sectors including law, franchising, events, travel and property. She has experience of start-ups, growing businesses, mergers, acquisitions and disposals.  Rachael has been a volunteer for The Cranfield Trust for the past 2 years and has facilitated sessions around cultural alignment together with undertaking merger feasibility and organisational sustainability work for charities. After working for 30 years, she is currently taking a “gap year” and is currently involved in setting up a local community wellbeing group and running a COVID-19 volunteer group in her village.  

Rachael will be providing an overview of why organisations may consider merging, the key steps in the merger journey and the areas to cover in any feasibility study to evaluate whether a merger is the right option for your organisation.

Restructuring: Tina Lawton

Tina Lawton
Tina Lawton

Tina is is a business professional with more than 25 years experience in the Life-science sector. She has lived and worked in many different countries and successfully led teams through the good times and the difficult. She is driven by purpose and making a positive difference and was awarded the prestigious Leading Woman Award in 2018 by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), for her ability to balance profit, planet and societal agendas. Her Bio can be found by following this link

She will speak to ‘Restructuring’ sharing her personal experiences, focusing on the “Why’' and exploring the “How” and asking the Question ‘‘What kind of leader would you want to be….?’' if  undertaking a restructuring program either to embed COVID 19 insights into ‘just how we do things now’ to sustain productivity or other gains, or the harder, but equally vital necessity to downsize to save costs to reinvest in more pressing  priorities or critically to keep the lights  on. 

Perspective as a CEO: Callum Dixon

Callum Dixon
Callum Dixon

Callum Dixon is the outgoing CEO of Doncaster Alcohol Services (now Project 6 – Doncaster). Callum has been working in not for profits for 10 years with experience as a consultant for both the Cranfield Trust and private clients for 4 of those. Callum has worked across multiple sectors and experienced mergers from both sides

“To merge or not to merge”

Truly fresh off a successful merger (at the start of July 2020), Callum will reflect on his experience as a CEO making the strategic decision to merge with another organisation. Callum will provide insight into the thought process behind a successful merger, offer some top tips and some honest reflections on how it feels to be involved in the process as a ‘smaller’ organisation in a merger.

Insolvency - Caroline Clark

Caroline Clark

Caroline Clark is an insolvency practitioner with more than 30 years' experience, qualifying in 1989 and specialising in insolvency compliance since 1994. Graduating with an MBA from Birmingham University in 1999 Caroline now runs her own insolvency compliance consultancy which enables her to focus on the wider issues affecting the insolvency profession and the economic generally. Caroline is also qualified as a mediator and is honoured to be on the board of the Insolvency Practitioners Association.

Insolvency - is not the end

During this section, you will learn about: 

1. Insolvency and restructure

            What is it?
            Legal definition
            Practical definition
            A tool for business owners including charities 
 2. Using insolvency and restructure

            Seek professional advice from an insolvency practitioner who also carries out restructuring work
            Consider other options - mergers, different funding, restructuring, short term options
            Cash flow problems vs insolvency
            New legislation as a result of pandemic
            Decide what is best for you - be prepared to change

Did you miss our most recent webinar?

If you missed our most recent webinar, Opening your charity back up after lockdown, you can watch the live recording and download the useful checklist. All of our webinars are available to view and offer practical tips and useful information for charity leaders.  

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