15 November 2017
9.45AM - 10.00AMRegistration and coffeeRegistration and coffee
10.00AM - 10.15AMIntroductionsIntroductions
10.15AM - 11.15AMThe fundamentals of governanceBrief 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?
11.15AM - 11.30AMTea and coffeeTea and coffee
11.30AM - 12.15PMBoard 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 - 1.00PMRisk 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 - 2.00PMLunchLunch and networking break
2.00PM - 3.15PMCase studyDelegates work in groups to advise a charity that has run into problems
3.15PM - 3.30PMTea and coffeeTea and coffee
3.30PM - 4.00PMDeveloping a learning organisation – why reviewing performance is important for every trustee and the boardReviewing 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
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 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.
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.
Every trustee should attend one of these courses if they are to do their job properly
An extremely useful course with excellent materials
I now feel more confident that my charity is functioning well and have taken dozens of tips and ideas away for doing even better