Understanding Governance Stage 2 - Governance in Practice - March 2021

25–26 March 2021

Improve the overall effectiveness of your board.

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 for experienced trustees, secure in their knowledge of the governance processes and what being a trustee entails, 'Governance in Practice' builds on the expertise gained from our stage 1 course 'Understanding Governance: The Trustee Role,' focusing on practical solutions to the challenges you face. This course covers a wide range of governance issues and aims to help you improve the overall effectiveness of your 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 (Please note: We will start promptly so please join early to check all the IT is OK and you are connected.  All other times are approximate for guidance purposes only)
Log in to ensure prompt start at 10am
Brief reminder of the fundamentals of governance
Refreshing the board – identifying  new trustees
  • What is your role in identifying potential trustees?
  • What is good board practice?
  • Once elected/appointed, ensuring new trustees receive appropriate induction and support
Board 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
Dealing with risk strategically and systematically
  • Much of governance is about identifying and managing strategic risk without getting risk averse
What role should you as trustee play in dealing strategically and systematically with risk
PART B - You will be provided with a case study to read before joining
Log in to ensure prompt start at 10am
Case study
Developing a learning organisation – Why reviewing performance is important for every trustee and the board:
  • Reviewing 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
12. 30pm


(prices exc VAT)

Governance & Leadership subscriber - £195
Standard charity 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)