Risk Management for Trustees - Nov 2021

25 November 2021

This course is a non-technical introduction to risk and risk management for trustees.

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. 

In an era of increasing concern regarding liabilities, litigation, regulatory compliance and reputational risk, charities are coming under greater scrutiny than ever. Boardroom competency in identifying, managing and mitigating risk is now a required skill and trustees must be able to scrutinise their executive and professional advisors’ management of risk, as well as being able to apply the same tools and techniques to their own decision making.

This course is a non-technical introduction to risk and risk management designed to enable trustees to understand and manage risk generally, but with a  focus on risks related to governance, employment, assets, service users and third parties. By the end of the day, you will be better equipped to interact effectively with professional advisors and regulators, hold your executive to account, improve your own decision making and govern your organisation’s risk management activities. 

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  • Stephen McAndrew

    Stephen McAndrew is an experienced consultant and advisor who works with charities, public services and businesses to understand and manage the risks that they face. He spent 10 years developing and implementing risk management and patient safety programmes in the NHS in the UK, and state health and care systems in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. For over twelve years he has served as a trustee of a number of charities where he has successfully applied risk management to improving safety, quality, sustainability and organisational resilience. He is currently a trustee of Rethink Mental Illness.  


  • Introductions
  • Understanding your needs and aspirations
Breakout session – what are the challenges and opportunities for your charity related to risk and risk management? What do you need to get out of today?
Introduction to Risk and Risk Management
  • What is risk?
  • What is risk management?
  • The Human Factor?
  • Why and how things go wrong… and right
Risk management for charitable boards
  • Defining your Risk Universe
  • Defining your Risk Appetite
  • Building and using your Risk Register
  • Risk taking and decision making
Building resilience in your organisation
Breakout session – what will you do differently with your board after today’s session and what challenges will you face in doing it?
Risk management for charities and charitable trustees
  • Accountability and “ownership”
  • Risks related to trusteeship
  • Governance and compliance risks
  • Strategic risk
  • Regulatory risk
  • Reputational risk
  • Charities and risk
Q&A and wrap up



(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).