Board leadership stage 1: High- performance boards 16.03.2017

16 March 2017 Training London

A course on governance for both experienced and new chairs and chief executives

The first of two one-day courses on governance for both experienced and new chairs and chief executives (ideally attending together). The course is designed to help you in your role of building a high-performance board, delivering valuable insights into the key areas of responsibility for chairs and CEOs and providing you with ideas to keep your board moving forward. 

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16 March 2017

  • 9.30AM - 10.00AM
    Registration and coffee
    Registration and coffee
  • 10.00AM - 10.15AM
  • 10.15AM - 11.30AM
    Ensuring boards and their chairs fulfil the governance role

    Role and expectations of chairs

    • The chair’s leadership role
    • Limitations on the chair’s role
    • Respecting the collective authority and responsibility of trustees

    Ensuring boards fulfil their governance role

    • Trustees’ role and the chair’s relationship with trustees
    • Success and failure of organisations - the link with governance
    • Three different models of governance and what each has to offer
      • The three key strands of governance: corporate/fiduciary, strategic and impact governance
  • 11.30AM - 11.45AM
    Tea and coffee
    Tea and coffee
  • 11.45AM - 1.15PM
    Making informed decisions, addressing the right issues and refreshing the board

    Making informed decisions

    • Ensuring the board gets the information it needs for good governance
    • When too much detail is dangerous; when detail could be important
    • What should be in a CEO’s report to the board
    • What constitutes a good proposal to the board
    • Basic rules for board papers
    • The chair’s and CEO’s role in quality controlling board papers

    Making sure your board is addressing the right issues

    • Why well-crafted agendas are so important
    • Why planning is vital to help boards fulfil their duties and responsibilities, and stick to their governance role

    Refreshing the board and finding new trustees

    • Providing support and ensuring new trustees become effective as quickly as possible

    Work in two's and three's to find solutions to two different scenarios.

  • 1.15PM - 2.00PM
  • 2.00PM - 3.15PM
    Case study of where things went wrong – tackling difficult/sensitive situations and learning from others’ mistake
    Delegates split into groups to decide how best to lead the charity in the case study out of its difficulties
  • 3.15PM - 3.30PM
    Tea and coffee
    Tea and coffee
  • 3.30PM - 4.15PM
    Building relationships

    Building a successful chair/CEO relationship

    • Behaviours that can damage the relationship

    Chair/CEO and CEO/board relationship

    • Ensuring the board can hold the CEO to account without meddling in management

    Open session - a chance to raise any other governance issues


  • Dorothy Dalton


    Dorothy Dalton is a leading expert on governance. She has written several books on the subject. She was founding editor of Governance: essential information for effective trustees – a post she held from July 2005 to January 2016.

    With a ‘first’ in mathematics, Dorothy, a former Headteacher, was chief executive of ACEVO, the association of chief executives of voluntary organisation from 1992 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003 she was a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue.

    She is currently Chair of Governors of the Petchey Academy in Hackney. She has been a trustee of many charities including Marie Curie and has been chair of trustees of the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLt) and chairman of governors of Orley Farm School Trust. She is a fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation and of International Students House. She founded the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLt), the Network of Women Chairs, and Groundbreakers: Voluntary sector women leaders. 

  • Anne Moynihan

    Consultant , Anne Moynihan Consulting

    With twenty years’ experience of working in the sector, Anne was head of NCVO’s governance and leadership team until 2011 when she launched her own consultancy service, Anne Moynihan Consulting.

    She has worked extensively within Citizens Advice – from managing a CAB to being a member of the senior management team of the national organisation.

    Anne is a member of the steering group for the sector’s Code of Good Governance, a member of the Charity Law Association and was a board member of Trustees Unlimited.


  • Lindsay Driscoll

    Lindsay Driscoll is a charity law and governance expert, currently working as a consultant at Bates Wells and Braithwaite. She was a Charity Commissioner and in 2009 was named as chair of the steering group for the Code of Good Governance and chair of the independent expert group drawing up guidance for the sector about expenses disclosure.

    Driscoll graduated from Oxford University with Jurisprudence, and went on to qualify as a solicitor at a City of London firm. She has over 30 years of experience in charity law and governance, including acting as assistant registrar general and lecturer at the Post-Graduate school of Law in Kenya.

    She spent eight years at the NCVO, latterly as head of the legal and governance department, and went on to become a partner at Sinclair Taylor and Martin, working internationally to provide technical assistance and training on NGO law.

    She has been a member of the executive committee of the Charity Law Association and is currently on the board of Dance United, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, a community foundation and a small theatre company.


(prices exc VAT)

Governance & Leadership subscriber - £195

Standard rate - £235

Non-charity Governance & Leadership subscriber- £300

Non-charity delegate- £400

For group bookings email [email protected] or call 020 7819 1208


Caroline Thomas

Trustee And Hon. General Secretary

Casualties Union

I now feel more confident that my charity is functioning well and have taken dozens of tips and ideas away for doing even better

Joe Curran

Resources Director


An extremely useful course with excellent materials

Liz Gould



Every trustee should attend one of these courses if they are to do their job properly



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