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Grant Making Forum Presentations February 2020

Our Grant Making Forum held on Wednesday 26 February 2020 featured three speakers: Bob Browell, Counter Fraud Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, Mark Burnett, CEO of Hope & May International Data Protection Practitioners, and Jane Petit, CEO of Foothold. Presentations from the session can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

Up first we had Bob Browell, Counter Fraud Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, who raised awareness amongst our member charities of the different types of charity fraud we need to be aware of. He also provided useful advice on Macmillan's approach to handling cases of suspected fraud and showed the benefits of having someone keeping a close eye on fraud within their charities.

Next Mark Burnett from data protection specialists Hope & May gave our members a hot off the presses update on what the future of GDPR could look like for the UK post-Brexit, as well as providing useful advice for how our members could look to become more GDPR compliant.

Jane Petit from Foothold then provided an honest overview of how they found their recent re-brand process, to share their learnings and experiences with those that might be considering something similar.

After members had a chance to catch up over lunch, our Under Fives group, for smaller charities with under five staff, had a chance to continue the discussions.

Thank you to all our speakers and for our members that attended to contribute towards the conversations!

Speakers at this forum included:

Bob Browell – Counter Fraud Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support

Bob will be covering what is and how to identify fraud within your charity, the different types of charity fraud and what Macmillan’s response to fighting fraud has been.

Bob has over 35 years’ experience of investigating, managing and reporting fraud in the public sector. Professionally he is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is a qualified ‘Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist’ through Portsmouth University.

During his career Bob worked for several Government Departments before rising to become the Head of Counter-Fraud for the Skills Funding Agency. Prior to leaving the Civil Service he also worked closely with the Cabinet Office and the National Fraud Authority providing advice and guidance in their initiative to ‘Eliminate Fraud in the Public Sector’.

Prior to joining Macmillan Bob worked for the Hertfordshire Constabulary designing and introducing an effective Bail Management Process. Consequently, Bob possesses a wide range of specialist skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications relating to the fraud investigation environment which he is now utilising for the benefit of the charity sector.

Mark Burnett - CEO of Hope and May - International Data Protection Practitioners  

The UK GDPR - New legislation that is 'designed to be British' - As we prepare to leave Europe the debate about domestic data protection rules and how they might evolve has picked up some pace. As a data practitioner, I know how hard legal and compliance teams have worked to get GDPR compliant. But as we look to unravel the regulation on a more granularly level, I also know how much more work we have to do.

Mark has worked in the charity sector for more than ten years. His firm is the only data protection practise which is a trusted supplier to members of the NCVO and work funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation. He is also the Data Protection Officer for ten charities. Mark is a certified GDPR data practitioner having achieved a Merit in his studies endorsed by the Centre for Information Rights at the University of Winchester. His experience in the third sector means that his interpretations of the law are pragmatic, well thought through and more easily implemented. Mark is currently assisting charities here in the UK along with France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.

Jane Petit - CEO of Foothold

If we had to do it all again, would we, could we, should we?

Just over a year ago I took over the leadership of IET Connect and we began a process of discovery, to understand who we were as an organisation, what it was our audience wanted and how we connected with the world around us  – in essence, a review of IET Connect the brand. Along the way, we identified new beliefs and commitments, re-evaluated our relationships with our community and learned lessons – the main one being that the real work starts here!

So join me as I reflect on the last twelve months and our journey from the way we were to the way we want to be – Your Foothold Is here.

With 40+ years of experience in health and social care, Jane has worked in leadership positions in both national and local charities and worked as a member of advisory boards for both the DHSC and Royal College of Nursing. She started her career as a nurse in the field of cancer and palliative care working in the community, acute and specialist hospital settings. In the 90's she began working in project management and service development and moved to the charitable sector in 2000 leading strategic developments and major change programmes across the statutory and voluntary sectors. Since 2019 Jane has been the CEO of Foothold, The IET Benevolent Fund.

The ACO is grateful to the British Dental Association Benevolent Fund for supporting these events. 


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Jane Petit, CEO of Foothold, presentation on re-branding their charity

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Mark Burnett from Hope and May's presentation on data protection in the UK

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Bob Browell's speech from Macmillan on Counter Fraud in the Charity Sector

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