Karen Brown, chair, Oxfam
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A chair's tips on working with the chief executive

22 Sep 2015 | Karen Brown

Oxfam chair Karen Brown gives her top tips on achieving a harmonious relationship between chief executive and chair.


A chair's tips on working with the chief executive

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Philip Reed advises an irate board member on the board's right to information.

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Elizabeth Davis and Kirsteen Hook examine issues faced by trustees working with large complex networks.

Policing charities - the Shawcross way

Is the William Shawcross vision of charity regulation the correct one, asks Andrew Purkis.

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The last five years have seen a dramatic change in mental health awareness. Paul Farmer explores the best way for boards and chief executives to deal with mental health problems.

Good advice, but there is an important point to add: merger is rarely a proper answer to impending insolvency.

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How to deal with inadequate financial reporting to the board

Steve Harper advises a trustee who would like some more financial information from the executive before decisions are made.


Edward Finch advises a chair on the legality of 'unrestricting' pots of restricted funds that are 'sitting around doing nothing'.

Gift aid wrongly claimed

Nick Brooks advises a regular giver and former trustee on the legality of reclaiming gift aid from the charity.

Board leadership

Three years after starting a governance restructuring programme, key players at the Education Support Network describe how it was done.

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