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Governance | Vibeka Mair | 29 Nov 2012

Acevo is launching a commission on governance, to be chaired by Derek Twine (pictured), the chief executive of the Scout Association.

Speaking about the commission, at today’s Acevo conference, Twine said he had been reluctant to join the commission as the subject had been "done to death". But he added that the Acevo commission would be different, in that it would not be about theories and principles and instead would find examples of good practice and make them transferable and sustainable.

The commission will consider the state of the governance in the charity sector and then make recommendations. It aims to report back in the spring/summer of 2013.

Its members are:

  • Sam Younger (chief executive of the Charity Commission)
  • Monica Shafaq (Sandwell Mind)
  • Paul Martin (Lesbian and Gay Foundation)
  • Michael Quicke (CCLA)
  • Pat Armstrong (ACOSVO)
  • Alexander Swallow (currently CEO of Young Charity Trustees and incoming chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition)
  • Patrick McHugh (former group director at Sainsbury’s with experience on voluntary sector boards)
  • David Fielding (attenti, recruitment consultants)
  • Nick Young (CEO British Red Cross)
  • Ruth Lesirge (visiting fellow at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness)
  • Anne-Marie Carrie (CEO Barnardo’s)


Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo said: “Members consistently cite governance issues as amongst their top concerns. We know that when governance arrangements work well, they can form the basis for an organisation to excel. We also know that when governance arrangements don't work well, it can be a recipe for serious dysfunction. So I am delighted that we have such a strong group to look at how we can improve the state of governance in the sector.”

 

Sir Robin Bogg
CEO
BUBB
4 Dec 2012

Opinionated? Who on earth does Kath (comment below) mean? She says uninformed and self important as if they're bad things.

Mrs. Reina O’Brien
Scouts
3 Dec 2012

It is simply staggering to me that Derek is Chairing this commission when the Scout Association's support and approach to the role of the Trustee is simply appalling.

Kath
3 Dec 2012

This seems like another collection of the uninformed and self-important gathering to prove how loud they can shout. Nobody on the assembled panel really impresses me with their credentials, and there's at least one who I'm fed up of hearing shoot their opinionated mouth off at every opportunity.

Reflecting on the above points, while the CTN does exist, it is woefully resourced in relation to the amount spent on ensuring Chief Executives are connected. I'm very aware that many charities don't wish to spend anything recruiting or supporting trustees, even when paying inflated salaries in the tens of thousands to mediocre CEOs.

Feduptrusteeagain
29 Nov 2012

Surely this can't be right? The CEO's trades union is going to launch a commission into their employers? If there is to be a commission it should be led by a Chair/Trustee's organisation. Sadly there are none. Perhaps the first question the Acevo commission can address is why do CEO's ensure that Acevo is so well resourced yet are so reluctant to spend anything on governance and subs for a Chair/Trustee equivalent to Acevo?

Kate Gordon
Freelancer
2 Dec 2012
Response to [feduptrusteeagain]

Feduptrusteeagain - have you heard of the Charity Trustee Network?
http://www.trusteenet.org.uk/

CTN provides a virtual networking and support space for board chairs + vice chairs. Can't comment on the quality or usefulness as I'm neither so don't have access to that area, but at least the facility is there.

Feduptrusteeagain
4 Dec 2012
Response to [Kate Gordon ]

CTN was a wonderful organisation, but sadly ran out of money last year and was left with no alternative but to merge with the Small Charities Coalition (SCC). SCC do sterling work on a tight budget - but there is no longer the trustee focus that CTN had. There is clearly a huge differential in resources used to support CEOs compared to the resources spent on supporting trustees.

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