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Our supporters

The CDFA works closely with a range of partners and supporters.

Our partners

We are thankful to our Partners for their continued strategic support. They are listed on the who we work with page.

Our supporters

 Hibou Communication

Hibou Communication is owned by former cdfi CEO Simon Frost and provides copywriting, marketing, business development and fundraising services to the sector. Simon can help you build your social media presence and provide relevant, topical and interesting copy for your website and other promotional materials.

Simon has more than 10 years’ experience in leading, building and managing a successful cdfi and is able to assist you in achieving your business objectives. During his time at Parity Trust, the cdfi successfully diversified into major new income streams, re-branded the organisation to meet the changing needs of the market and was recognised as a major social media player within the sector. For further information, see .

Stuart Field

Stuart Field has been involved in community finance since 1992. He has worked for various CDFIs in the UK and internationally, managing finance and making loans to social enterprises and small businesses. He currently works as an independent consultant via the social enterprise Alternative Choices. He has carried out CDFI performance assessments for the CDFA under Change Matters and CM2 performance frameworks. Recently he has become the only person in the UK with an MA in Social Banking and Social Finance. His dissertation was on financial models for CDFIs in the UK and two of his papers, one comparing government support for banks with that for CDFIs and the other covering regulatory issues for CDFIs, have been published by the Institute for Social Banking. He has contributed to the “Simply Finance” guide to financing co-operatives. Co-operative Enterprise Hub funding may be available for his advice.

Niamh Goggin

Niamh Goggin is a community development finance and social investment consultant, with experience in civil society, small business, microfinance and personal financial services. She was the first Chair of the Community Development Finance Association and Secretary and Director of the European Microfinance Network. She spent six years managing Charity Bank’s Northern Ireland office, raising £2m in capital, £4m in deposits and establishing an accredited Advanced Diploma course in Social Investment for the Third Sector. She also produced their first social impact report, using Theory of Change as the framework for identifying and collating impact data. She worked on Inside Out, the CDFA’s annual survey, from its inception and developed Change Matters, the CDFA’s performance framework. She developed and delivered many of the sector’s technical training courses. Niamh also managed the first project to identify and map financial exclusion for SEEDA and worked with Experian for the Financial Inclusion Taskforce on their British financial exclusion mapping exercise. She worked with the CDFA and ABCUL on a training needs analysis for CDFI’s and credit unions for the Growth Fund.

Niamh’s areas of expertise include strategic and financial planning, evaluation, social impact, organisational performance appraisal and improvement, development of investment readiness and other training programmes and project management.

Roy Rutter

Over the span of his career in ‘ the world of money ‘ Roy has worked for a large accountancy practice in Liverpool, a high street bank and in area management with Woolwich Building Society. From 1994 he ran his own successful practice as an IFA before retiring in 2010. He is a qualified member of both the Institute of Financial Services and the Personal Finance Society.  In 2010 he was introduced into the world of community development finance through appointment as compliance consultant to one of the ( at that time ) very few FSA-regulated CDFA members.  His role there came to a natural conclusion earlier this year.  Roy is currently working on other related assignments and takes a keen interest in the changing face of regulation and its impact in the cdfi arena.  Areas of expertise include secured lending policy and practice, FCA requirements, compliance monitoring, training and competence, implementing review processes.