Board Leadership Stage 2: Practical Board Solutions

02–03 December 2021

A course on governance for experienced chairs and chief executives.

We know how important it is for trustees and charity leaders to keep up-to-date with regulations and governance guidelines, particularly during challenging times. We are therefore delighted to announce that this training course will be taking place online. 

Designed to provide chairs and chief executives who are experienced in their role, or have already attended our stage 1 course, with practical board solutions. This course takes place over two mornings and addresses the high-level board leadership and personnel issues, enabling you to develop a high-performing board. 



  • Dorothy Dalton


    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. 


Part A
Log in to ensure prompt start at 10am
Brief reminder of the fundamentals of governance.
Complexities of conflicts of interest.
Board committees
  • Making sure all committees add value to governance:
  • Governance structures
  • Reporting back and reviewing committee effectiveness
Each committee’s role in risk identification and risk management.
 CEO remuneration
  • Getting it right
  • Being able to defend the board’s remuneration policy
Succession planning
  • Planning for predicted as well as unexpected departures of key people including the CEO and chair.
12. 15
 Board behaviours and dealing with people problems
  • Trustees behaving badly
Part B
This session will be based around a case study which you will be asked to read before joining. 
Log in to ensure prompt start at 10am
Case study
Dealing professionally with CEO problems
  • Spotting the signs of, and helping your CEO manage stress
  • Dealing professionally with CEO under-performance
  • Spotting the signs of a deteriorating relationship between the CEO and the board
  • Closed/private meetings/sessions of the board
12. 30


Caroline Thomas

Trustee And Hon. General Secretary

Casualties Union

I now feel more confident that my charity is functioning well and have taken dozens of tips and ideas away for doing even better

Joe Curran

Resources Director


An extremely useful course with excellent materials

Liz Gould



Every trustee should attend one of these courses if they are to do their job properly



(prices exc VAT)

Governance & Leadership subscriber - £195
Standard rate - £235
Non-charity Governance & Leadership subscriber- £300
Non-charity delegate- £400

For group bookings email [email protected] 

Terms & Conditions

Substitution and cancellation policy: On receipt of your booking form, your place is confirmed. Delegate substitutions are allowed. Up to and including 14 days prior to the event, a refund (less a 15% administration fee), or one complimentary transfer to another training date can be issued. Only one complimentary transfer can be issued, no refund will be issued for a cancelled transfer.  Once a transfer has been processed, refund for the original booking will not be issued. Refunds or transfers are not available less than 14 days before the event date. Confirmation of cancellations MUST be in writing and sent or faxed to Civil Society Media at 15 Prescott Place, London, SW4 6BS 020 7819 1200 (fax: 020 7819 1210).