Board leadership stage 2: Practical board solutions 11.05.2017

11 May 2017 Training London

A course on governance for experienced chairs and chief executives

Designed to provide chairs and chief executives who are experienced in their role, or have already attended our stage 1 course, with practical board solutions. This one-day course addresses the high-level board leadership and personnel issues, enabling you to develop a high-performing board.


11 May 2017

  • 9.30AM - 10.00AM
    Registration and coffee
    Registration and coffee
  • 10.00AM - 10.15AM
  • 10.15AM - 11.30AM
    Brief reminder of the fundamentals of governance and the roles of trustees, the chair and chief executive (CEO)

    Board behaviours and dealing with people problems

    • Trustees behaving badly
    • Board manners               

    Board committees

    • Governance structures, terms of reference
    • Reporting back and reviewing committee effectiveness 

    Each committee's role in risk identification and risk management

  • 11.30AM - 11.45AM
    Tea and coffee
    Tea and coffee
  • 11.45AM - 1.15PM
    CEO remuneration, succession planning and dealing professional with CEO problems

    CEO remuneration

    • Getting it right
    • Being able to defend the board’s remuneration policy

    Succession planning

    • Planning for predicted as well as unexpected departures of key people including the CEO and chair 

    Dealing professionally with CEO problems

    • Spotting the signs of, and helping your CEO manage stress
    • Dealing professionally with CEO under-performance
    • Spotting the signs of a deteriorating relationship between the CEO and the board
    • Closed/private meetings/sessions of the board
  • 1.15PM - 2.00PM
  • 2.00PM - 3.00PM
    Case study
    Delegates split into groups to decide how best to lead the charity in the case study out of its difficulties. 
  • 3.00PM - 3.15PM
    Tea and coffee
    Tea and coffee
  • 3.15PM - 4.15PM
    Strategic risk management
    Much of governance is about identifying and managing strategic risk without getting risk averse The chair and CEO's role in ensuring that boards deal strategically with risk and that risk is dealt systematically throughout the charity

    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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