About The Trainer

Small Charities Programme Trainer

Rachel Cooper

A qualified chartered accountant, Rachel spent 12 years in senior roles in the voluntary sector, from small charities like the British Tinnitus Association to large charities such as the Institute of Cancer Research. As well as finance, her skills include strategic planning, risk management, HR and data protection.

After taking a career break to raise her young family, Rachel spent three years teaching at Southampton Solent University, worked as finance manager for the Third Sector Research Centre. More recently, she has brought her finance and training skills back to the voluntary sector, setting up her own consultancy, Welbeck to provide accountancy services and training for charities.

“When I heard about CFG’s Small Charities Programme last year, I was really keen to get involved and support it. In 25 years in and around the sector, I have observed that whilst strong financial management is acknowledged to be central to the good health and resilience of an organisation, in reality finance is an area often left on the side lines, or where people lack confidence. At best this may just mean the odd missed opportunity, but at worst, good organisations falter and fail where, with a little bit more financial knowledge, this could have been avoided.

“What I hope this programme will achieve through training and the provision of resources is that the people we reach improve their specific skills and financial knowledge, but more importantly gain increased confidence in their ability and capacity to take control so that they feel able to make better decisions with finance properly integrated into the process.”

Rachel Copper - Small Charities Programme Trainer