28 June 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
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 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.
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