Dorothy Dalton

Dorothy Dalton

Editor, Governance

Dorothy Dalton is editor of Governance magazine and a governance expert. She was the first chief executive of Acevo, holding the position from 1992 to 2000. She also founded the Network of Women Chairs and co-founded Groundbreakers, a support group for female chief executives in the voluntary sector.

She was a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue and has been a judge at the Charity Awards for several years.

In a voluntary capacity Dalton has been a trustee of several charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care and regularly participates in fundraising expeditions for JoLt, the Journey of a Lifetime Trust which arranges overseas expeditions for disadvantaged or disabled young people.

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Trustee board

Dorothy Dalton says that over the past five years, charities have put much greater effort into developing effective governance. 

Chief executive’s wife as his deputy?

Dorothy Dalton offers some advice to a trustee worried about a controversial proposal from their chief executive.

Dorothy Dalton, editor of Governance

As we kick off a new year, Dorothy Dalton reminds trustees of the importance of treating all the charity's stakeholders with respect.

Dorothy Dalton, Editor governance

Dorothy Dalton suggests that it is time for the Charity Commission's board to be less hands-on and to ensure its online guidance gives top-notch advice.

Too much focus on reputational risk?

Risks must always be weighed up against potential benefits, says Dorothy Dalton.

Commission clarifies statements on staff attendance at board meetings

The Charity Commission has rewritten its operational compliance report on the case of Southwark Muslim Women’s Association after governance experts pointed out that its advice on chief executives’ attendance at trustee board meetings was contrary to good practice.


Trustees have to be able to justify how charities pay their staff

Dorothy Dalton considers the implications of NCVO's executive pay inquiry for trustee boards.

Dorothy Dalton

Careful planning can help boards keep to their governance role, says Dorothy Dalton.

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