Lady Phyll to deliver keynote speech at Trustee Exchange this month

17 Jul 2020 Announcement

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah at the Global Gay Rights event at the Southbank Centre in London on 9 March 2014.

Credit: Sarah Jeynes via Wikimedia Commons

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the founder and executive director of UK Black Pride and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, will deliver the keynote speech on the second day of Trustee Exchange this month.

Civil Society Media’s 13th annual Trustee Exchange conference will be run virtually over two mornings later this month.  

Also known as Lady Phyll, Opoku-Gyimah has spent her life campaigning for equity and equality for all people, regardless of their race, gender, class or sexuality. Her work centres on identifying barriers to progress and ways of overcoming these, to promote real-world solutions that achieve lasting change.

Drawing on her own lived experiences and her wide-ranging cross-sector career, she will use this opportunity to get delegates thinking about what they can do, as individuals and organisations, to challenge the structures and policies that perpetuate the systemic structural racism which is holding back the charity sector from being as effective as it should be.

While the sector’s response to the Covid crisis will inevitably be a key theme across the content this year, we will also be exploring the latest perspectives on more perennial issues such as trustee recruitment, responsible investment, governance reviews, safeguarding, diversity and inclusion and the chair/CEO relationship. 

Girish Menon, chief executive of ActionAid UK, will deliver the opening plenary.  Other confirmed speakers include: Caroline Copeman, principal consultant at the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness; Nicola Youens, head of service delivery at the Advocacy Project; and David Russell and Penny Wilson from the trusteeship organisation Getting on Board. 

There will also be a panel debate about the Charity Commission’s approach to regulating the sector and the growing responsibilities heaped upon volunteer trustees.

New for 2020 will be a series of interactive roundtable discussions on key topics that delegates will be invited to join. These will be run under the Chatham House Rule and we would encourage you to use these as an opportunity to share the challenges and issues that may be keeping you awake, and to contribute your examples of good practice or innovation.

In a bid to ensure that delegates can attend as many of the sessions as possible, we have split the conference to run over two days, across two streams. Delegates will be able to pose questions and comments to the speakers, as usual, and there is an array of additional functionality that enables delegates to interact and network with speakers, sponsors, the organisers and each other, before, during and after the event.

Find out more about the programme and book online. 

Civil Society Media’s 13th annual Trustee Exchange conference will be run virtually over two mornings on the 29th and 30th July. Pressure on trustee boards has never been higher and we are keen to respond to that need for greater help and guidance in a safe and timely manner – hence the move to an online conference. Find out more here.