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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.
12 July 2017
9.45AM - 10.00AMRegistration and coffeeRegistration and coffee
10.00AM - 10.15AMIntroductionsIntroductions
10.15AM - 11.15AMWhat 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 - 11.30AMTea and coffeeTea and coffee
11.30AM - 12.15PMWhat 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 - 1.00PMInformation 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 - 2.00PMLunchLunch and networking break
2.00PM - 3.15PMCase studyTrustees work in groups to advise a charity that has run into problems
3.15PM - 3.30PMTea and coffeeTea and coffee
3.30PM - 4.00PMRelationships 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
Dorothy Dalton is editor of Governance magazine and a governance expert. She was the first chief executive of Acevo, holding the position from 1992 to 2000. She also founded the Network of Women Chairs and co-founded Groundbreakers, a support group for female chief executives in the voluntary sector.
She was a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue and has been a judge at the Charity Awards for several years.
In a voluntary capacity Dalton has been a trustee of several charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care and regularly participates in fundraising expeditions for JoLt, the Journey of a Lifetime Trust which arranges overseas expeditions for disadvantaged or disabled young people.
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 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.
I now feel more confident that my charity is functioning well and have taken dozens of tips and ideas away for doing even better
An extremely useful course with excellent materials
Every trustee should attend one of these courses if they are to do their job properly