Civil Society Media’s 13th annual Trustee Exchange conference will be run virtually over two mornings later this month.
We have become increasingly aware of trustees’ desire for more advice and support to help them navigate the crisis. 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 on 29 and 30 July.
While the sector’s response to the Covid crisis will inevitably be a key theme across the content, 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, as well as some stimulating keynote speeches.
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 Chatham House Rules 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.