Understanding governance stage 2: Governance in practice-London

2 November 2016 London

A course for experienced trustees

Designed for experienced trustees, secure in their knowledge of the governance processes and what being a trustee entails, 'Governance in practice' builds on the expertise gained from our stage 1 course 'Understanding governance and the trustee role,' focusing on practical solutions to the challenges you face. This one-day course covers a wide range of governance issues and aims to help you improve the overall effectiveness of your board.

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02 November 2016

  • 9.45AM - 10.00AM
    Registration and coffee
    Registrations and coffee
  • 10.00AM - 10.15AM
    An opportunity to meet your peers
  • 10.15AM - 11.15AM
    The fundamentals of governance
    Brief reminder of the fundamentals of governance and the roles of trustee, chair and chief executive (CEO)
    • Refreshing the board – identifying new trustees
    • What is your role in identifying potential trustees?
    • What is good board practice?
    Once elected/appointed, ensuring new trustees receive appropriate induction and support 
  • 11.15AM - 11.30AM
    Tea and coffee
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 11.30AM - 12.15PM
    Board behaviours and dealing with people problems
    • Trustees can behave badly too
    • Spotting the signs of a deteriorating relationship between the CEO and the board
    • Closed/private meetings/sessions of the board
  • 12.15PM - 1.00PM
    Risk identification
    • Much of governance is about identifying and managing strategic risk without getting risk averse
    • What role should you as trustee play in dealing strategically with risk?
  • 1.00PM - 2.00PM
    Lunch and an opportunity to network
  • 2.00PM - 3.15PM
    Case study
    Delegates work in groups to advise a charity that has run into problems
  • 3.15PM - 3.30PM
    Tea and coffee
    Networking and refreshments break
  • 3.30PM - 4.00PM
    Developing a learning organisation – why reviewing performance is important for every trustee and the board

    Reviewing the CEO’s performance
    Reviewing the chair’s performance
    Reviewing the effectiveness of the board
    Reviewing the effectiveness of each board committee
    Reviewing the performance of each trustee

    Open session – a chance to raise any other trustee issues

  • 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.



Liz Gould



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

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.

David Goff

General Manager


Very good course, with a lot of sound practical advice and well presented.



(prices exc VAT)

Governance subscriber - £195
Standard rate - £235

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


1 Curzon Street
W1J 5FB 

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