Understanding governance stage 1: The trustee role - London

13 July 2016 Training London

A course for new and experienced trustees

If you are new to the role of being a charity trustee, this one-day course will provide the perfect introduction, while experienced trustees will also benefit from a refresher of their responsibilities and comprehensive updates on evolving elements of the trustee role.

By blending governance and board leadership theory with interactive case studies, the first of our two Understanding Governance courses provides a lively learning environment where you can meet other trustees to share challenges and ideas.

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13 July 2016

  • 9.45AM - 10.00AM
    Registration and coffee
    Registration and coffee
  • 10.00AM - 10.15AM
  • 10.15AM - 11.15AM
    What is expected of trustees?

    Obligations of trustees

    • collective authority and responsibility of trustees
    • acting solely in the interests of the charity
    • not benefiting

    The new CC3 – Duties of trustees
    When trustees can be personally liable
    Duties of Company Directors

  • 11.15AM - 11.30AM
    Tea and coffee
    Tea and coffee
  • 11.30AM - 12.15PM
    What is governance?
    • The relationship between governance and management
    • Trustees’ role description
    • Success and failure of organisations and the link with governance
      Three different models of governance and what each has to offer
  • 12.15PM - 1.00PM
    Information needs of trustees and planning agendas

    Information needs of trustees

    • When too much detail is dangerous – when detail could be important
    • What should be in a CEO’s report to the board
    • Basic rules for board papers


    • Why getting agendas right is so important for every trustee
    • Why planning of agendas and the board work programme is vital to help trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities 
  • 1.00PM - 2.00PM
  • 2.00PM - 3.15PM
    Case study
    Trustees work in groups to advise a charity that has run into problems
  • 3.15PM - 3.30PM
    Tea and coffee
    Tea and coffee
  • 3.30PM - 4.00PM
    Relationships with your chief executive and chair of trustees
    • holding the CEO to account without meddling in management;
    • getting the right balance between support and constructive challenge;
    • Julia Unwin’s 5S model for high performance boards
  • 4.00PM - 4.00PM


  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.



Malcolm Maddox

Chief Executive

Newark Care

Very practical and helpful course, presented in a nice relaxed atmosphere. Helped to confirm existing knowledge and all my questions were answered.

Vicky Joynson

Governance Manager

World Vision

There was a high calibre of participants at the course and their willingness to interact both in the seminar and outside added to the day

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.



(prices exc VAT)

Governance subscriber - £195
Standard rate - £235

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



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