10 Sep 2015
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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Dorothy Dalton explores the reasons commonly given by trustees for leaving a charity prior to completing their term of office.
Governance today has grown greatly in sophistication. Gone are the days when charity boards concentrated solely on regulatory compliance and financial issues. Today in well-governed charities, trustees and chief executives are aware that there are three key strands of governance.
Attracting, retaining and developing the best people to work for you in a paid or unpaid capacity should have a high priority for all organisations. Many charities set up a separate committee to find, induct and develop new board members. This committee is often called the nominations committee although quite often the remit is expanded to form a governance or board development committee.
Most chief executives hate their boards meeting without them and argue that important discussions and decisions should not be made without their presence. This is generally a sound argument but are there times when boards need to meet without their executive
Does your chief executive give you bad news as well as good? Broadly speaking chief executives (CEs) fall into three main personality types when it comes to giving feedback.
A finance committe will take delegated responsibility on behalf of the board of trustees for overseeing all financial aspects of the charity so as to ensure short and long term viability and report back to the board accordingly.
Attending our one day courses is a highly effective way of ensuring new and existing trustees fully understand their role, responsibilities and liabilities.