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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 a leading expert on governance who has written several books on the subject. She was editor of Governance: essential information for effective trustees 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. She is currently chair of trustees at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity. She has been a trustee of many charities including Marie Curie and has been chair of governors of the Petchey Academy in Hackney, chair of trustees of the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLt) and chair of governors of Orley Farm School Trust. From 2000 to 2003 she was a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue. She was a fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation and of International Students House. She is a life fellow of the RSA. She founded the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLt), the Network of Women Chairs, and Groundbreakers: Voluntary sector women leaders.
Dorothy was awarded the Leonard Cheshire Lifetime Achievement Award for enabling disabled people. She was nominated for the 1995 UK Woman of Europe Award for her work in the Voluntary Sector and she is an Honorary Life Member of ACEVO.
Dorothy has a passion for travel. During her spare time, from 1983 to 2010, Dorothy organised and led month-long challenging expeditions for disabled and disadvantaged teenagers to remote corners of the world. She continues to participates in other expeditions (many of which she organises herself) including crossing the Bayuda Desert by camel, and canoeing, kayaking and white-water rafting the Zambezi between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Publications written by Dorothy:
• Financial Governance: a gentle guide for the non-financial charity trustee
• Good Governance: a practical guide for trustees, chairs and CEOs
• Recruiting a New Chief Executive: a guide for chairs and trustees
• The Board’s Responsibility for Appraising the Chief Executive
• Good Governance: The Chair’s Role
• Good Governance: The Chief Executive’s Role
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