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Business models of medium-sized charities 'no longer working', CFG conference hears 1

2 Jul 2015 | Emily Corfe

Diminishing public funds and emerging social needs will render the business models of medium sized charities unfit for purpose, a Charity Finance Group conference heard yesterday.

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Business models of medium-sized charities 'no longer working', CFG conference hears

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Dr Elizabeth Vallance, chair of Ican and CEDR

Charity chairs must let the chief executive be the chief executive and not “sit on their shoulder, sucking your teeth and saying ‘that’s not how I would have done it’,” veteran boardroom chair Dr Elizabeth Vallance told an audience of trustees yesterday.

Martyn Rose

English National Opera has announced that its chair, Martyn Rose, will step down on 15 February after just two years in the post.

Paul Farmer appointed chair of Acevo

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, has been appointed the chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, while Sharon Allen, chief executive of Skills for Care, has been appointed vice-chair.

David Bernstein, chair of the British Red Cross from January 2014

The British Red Cross has appointed a former Football Association chair, David Bernstein, to lead its board of trustees.


They need to look outside their own organisation and look at others who are doing similar work to see if they are doing it better or more efficiently. If they are, that doesn't mean they should immediately close or seek to merge but it does mean that something needs to change.

» 'If you aren't making a difference, it's okay to call it a day', Commission chief executive says

Andy Gregg may have singlehandedly begun the process of making the term 'chairman' obsolete

If the word 'chairman' eventually falls out of use in the City of London in favour of the gender-neutral 'chair', then we can thank - or pin the blame on, depending on your point of view - charity CEO Andy Gregg.

Chair of the Association of Chairs, John Gladwin

A new organisation was launched last night to champion the role of trustee board chairs and help build their effectiveness.

Ilse Howling, chair of Unicef UK

Unicef has appointed its first female chair as TV executive Ilse Howling takes over from David Stanton.

Support group launched for charity chairs

A new support group for charity chairs was launched in London this week at a meeting hosted in the Charity Commission’s offices at Millbank. 

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