Welcome to the 13th annual Trustee Exchange conference – the first to be run in an exciting new virtual format. We have become increasingly aware of trustees’ desire for more advice and support to help them navigate the crisis. Pressure on trustee boards has never been higher and we are keen to respond to that need for greater help and guidance in a safe and timely manner – hence the move to an online conference on the mornings of the 29 and 30 July (9.30-1pm).
The full programme is now available! We are delighted to welcome Girish Menon, chief executive of ActionAid UK to open day 1 of Trustee Exchange Online and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, founder and executive director of UK Black Pride and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust to open day 2. Giresh will explore the role of trustees in a prolonged period of crisis and Phyll will explore the practical steps that you and your organisation can take to challenge the structures and policies that perpetuate systemic structural racism in the charity sector.Download the programme today!
In a bid to ensure that delegates can attend as many of the sessions as possible, we have split the conference to run over two days, across two streams. Delegates will be able to pose questions and comments to the speakers, as usual, and there is an array of additional functionality that enables delegates to interact and network with speakers, sponsors, the organisers and each other, before, during and after the event.
While the sector’s response to the Covid crisis will inevitably be a key theme across the content, we will also be exploring the latest perspectives on more perennial issues such as trustee recruitment, responsible investment, governance reviews, safeguarding, diversity and inclusion and the chair/CEO relationship. There will be a panel debate about the Charity Commission’s approach to regulating the sector and the growing responsibilities heaped upon volunteer trustees, as well as some stimulating keynote speeches. And new for 2020 will be a series of interactive roundtable discussions on key topics, that delegates will be invited to join. These will be run under Chatham House Rule and we would encourage you to use these as an opportunity to share the challenges and issues that may be keeping you awake, and to contribute your examples of good practice or innovation.
We are really excited about the functionality afforded by the SpotMe platform we are using and confident that this year’s Trustee Exchange will be bigger and better than ever. We very much hope that you find it an informative and insightful online experience.
In a bid to ensure that delegates can attend as many of the sessions as possible, we have split the conference to run over two days, across two streams.Download the full programme here
Introducing our two keynote speakers at Trustee Exchange Online:
Lady Phyll, as she is known, has spent her life campaigning for equity and equality for all people, regardless of their race, gender, class and sexuality. Her work centres on identifying barriers to progress and identifying ways of overcoming these, to promote real-world solutions that achieve lasting change.
Drawing on her own lived experiences and her wide-ranging cross-sector career, Phyll will use this opportunity to get delegates thinking about what they can do, as individuals and organisations, to challenge the structures and policies that perpetuate the systemic structural racism which is holding back the charity sector from being as effective as it should be.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, founder and executive director of UK Black Pride and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust
Steering through a winter storm: The role of trustees in a prolonged period of crisis
We’ve survived the initial shock and ridden the shockwaves, but what comes next could be even more testing. How can trustee boards steer their charities through the next challenging phase of this crisis, in order to minimise the pain of inevitable internal reviews while also maximising impact for service users? In this perceptive opening keynote, Girish will draw on discussions among ActionAid’s board to offer insights into the trustees’ role in governing through the next stage of this unprecedented situation, touching on functions including ensuring financial stability, securing the charity’s reputation, supporting the efforts of fundraisers and safeguarding the wellbeing of staff.
Girish Menon, chief executive, ActionAid UK
New for 2020 will be a series of interactive roundtable discussions on key topics, that delegates will be invited to join. These will be run under Chatham House Rule and we would encourage you to use these as an opportunity to share the challenges and issues that may be keeping you awake, and to contribute your examples of good practice or innovation.
Roundtable 1: Ethics
How important is it that charities are ethical in all they do, as the Charity Commission keeps telling them? Should they strive to be more ethical than organisations in other sectors? What can boards do to lead by example? What can trustees and executive leaders do to ensure that the behaviours of everyone in the organisation matches its values at all times?
Roundtable 2: Crisis Response
What have trustees learned about how to respond to a crisis? How did your board respond - good and bad? How did you communicate with staff and other stakeholders? What would you do differently if you were doing it all again? How have you changed your services? What was required to make this happen? What can you keep going forward from what you’ve been doing differently?
Roundtable 3: Planning for uncertainty
How can you do any strategic planning when the future is so terribly uncertain? Are there any planning models or techniques you can deploy? Is a PEST analysis useful in such a situation or do we need entirely new models? What challenges are you facing over the next few months as a result of the pandemic? What is keeping your trustees awake at night? (A problem shared can be a problem halved!)
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An excellent event to attend - in one day it provides a wide range of current advice directed to charity trustees and staff, in one place. Duncan Bridges, Malvern Hills Trust
Very useful - good range of sessions to choose from. Came with 3 of our trustees - excellent team building opportunity. Jordan Bambridge, YMCA Trinity Group
Excellent update on key current issues. Jill Thompson, Breast Cancer Care & Breast Cancer Now
A vast array of topics, well chaired and presented, with options to explore further. Deborah Layde, Seafarers UK
A very useful opportunity to take a step back from day to day pressures, reflect on strategic priorities and future challenges and learn from others knowledge and experience. Brian Burgees, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust
Encapsulates the essentials for charities big and small. A must for an effective charity. Chris Canfield, James Marshall Foundation
My first attendance but I certainly hope to return: informative, current and provided fantastic insight throughout. Well worth the time - investment as this represents days, even weeks of research condensed into just one day. Dale Hoyland, Vegetarian Society
Very informative and inspiring. Bernice Rook, WPT