Friday, 29 August 2014
Check out an example entry for the One In A Million video competition - Featuring University of West London Students' Union
Simply take a digital camera / phone / tablet and tell us about your experience of trusteeship, in a video of maximum 3 minutes in length.
We have filmed an example video to show that a simple entry is fine - this one took 1 hour to make, using an ipad (ipad movie). We had a lot of fun filming it with Hester Burnige, a trustee of University of West London Students' Union - so get your charity involved, and spread the word!
The 3 winning entries will win a ticket to the NCVO Trustee Conference and Drinks Reception on 10th November 2014, where Trustees' Week 2014 officially launches. The 3 winning videos will be aired at the conference, to 500 delegates, and also posted on the Trustees' Week site and YouTube channel, and promoted through twitter.
So get involved and win some publicity for your charity!
Read the competition brief and ENTER HERE
Thursday, 28 August 2014
About World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
WSPA is a well-respected global animal welfare charity with a reputation for delivering results at the forefront of animal protection. With offices in 15 countries, an operating budget of over $70 million and an unparalleled network of more than 1,000 organisations in 156 different countries WSPA makes a powerful, global impact.
- International animal welfare voluntary sector including contacts within WSPA
- Veterinary colleges and their alumni outside the UK together with veterinary professional membership societies
- Veterinary pharmaceutical industry
Trustees Unlimited is a joint venture trustee recruitment company set up by Russam GMS, NCVO and Bates Wells Braithwaite. The company has seen rapid growth over three years and is working with charities of all sizes to appoint professional trustees to their boards. Currently one in five charities has a trustee vacancy on their boards, Trustees Unlimited has a database of around 1,300 trustees from professional backgrounds looking for trustee positions.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Masterclass on the Role of the Honorary Treasurer - from the Honorary Treasurers Forum (Half price for Trustees' Week!)
Date: Tuesday 4th November 2014
Time: 6pm-8,45pm (Arrival and registration from 5.30pm)
Location: Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ
Price: £25 (usually £50 - half price to celebrate Trustees' Week 2014!)
The session will be led by Judith Miller of Sayer Vincent, and aims to introduce those who are new to charities or less experienced in charity accounting to the key aspects of charity governance and management. As well as interactive group exercises, there will be a full set of notes to take away adding valuable information on taxation for charities, the accounting framework and a list of resources.
17.30 - Arrival and registration at Cass
18.00 - Shape and Size of the Charity Sector: Main sources of income, how many people work in the sector and diversity of sector
18.30 - The role of trustees: How governance is different to management, the role of the treasurer and interaction with managers and volunteers
19.15 - Charity Accounting: How charity annual accounts are different to commercial accounts, drawing out important aspects such as restricted funds, reserve levels and cost allocation
As well as handling a portfolio of audit clients, Judith leads reviews of governance structures, and team, departments and organisational reviews. She also leads teams performing financial reviews where organisations are seeking assurance, including due diligence and reports to funders with concerns around financial management and governance.
Judith's work reflects our emphasis on the "people factors". This relates to both how the work is planned and performed as well as the likely risks and issues associated with the areas under review. Assignments are tailored to the way individual clients work. Judith is an experienced trainer and facilitator and designs bespoke development days for clients, as well as speaking at conferences and leading our client seminars. She supports clients achieve their objectives and makes areas that can be seen as complex and inaccessible, or perhaps just dull as vital, interesting and accessible.
Friday, 22 August 2014
Date: 1st October 2014
Time: 9am-2pm (includes lunch)
Location: Events suite, M Shed, Wapping Road, Princes Wharf, Bristol, BS1 4RN (www.mshed.org).
NB: M Shed is fully accessible
Price: £43 + VAT
The seminar will cover:
* Spotlight on the new SORP
* Charity people - the opportunities and challenges
* Board effectiveness
* Update on the regulatory and financial environment
Burton Sweet speakers:
Ed Marsh, Head of Charity Services
Cecile Gillard, Legal Manager, Charities
Quentin Elson, Principal
BOOK NOW by contacting email@example.com / call 0117 914 2057
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Location: Kingsgate Conference Centre, 2 Staplee Way, Parnwell, Peterborough. PE1 4YT
Our panel of experienced professionals will highlight key roles and responsibilities of trustees and volunteers and give guidance on how to fulfil those responsibilities and provide maximum benefit to their charities and community groups.
- an interactive case study
- duties of a trustee and trustee responsibilities
- the dos and don'ts of being a trustee
Sandra Currie, Chief Executive, Kidney Research UK
- hear from a top UK charity about how they work with trustees
- the challenges faced and how issues are managed
- lessons learned and what you should consider when you are a trustee
Register on-line: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/charities160914
Please reply by Tuesday 9th September 2014
For more information, click here
Friday, 15 August 2014
Practise Training & Consultancy is very pleased to contribute to Trustees Week 2014 by offering free support, through our Charity Merger One Stop Shop.
Any Questions on Charity Mergers? For a free, private, ninety minute session with one of our experienced consultants, please contact Ann Collins.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone : 01792 233694
ACEVO approved, WCVA listed
Monday, 14 July 2014
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
The conference, which was run by Trustees' Week parter Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and supported by Geldards law firm, was attended by those responsible for a wide range of organisations that work within the third sector in Wales. Speakers included governance expert Linda Laurance, leading charity lawyer Giselle Davies, and Debbie Hawkins from the Charity Commission’s Wales office, plus many more. Sessions held throughout the day provided top governance tips and practical advice on a variety of subjects, including employment law, charity accounts, trading to raise funds, and how to ensure a successful relationship between your chair and chief executive.
Monday, 2 June 2014
2. Invest in your trustees
Once trustees understand the basics they will be able to contribute to the work of the board. They will be able to be even more effective if their skills and experience are enhanced by training or development. For example, they may need some specialist knowledge about the organisation and its environment, a greater understanding of the financial responsibilities of a trustee and how to better understand financial information, or how to communicate the vision of the organisation to others. Trustees will benefit from appraisal of their performance, highlighting which skills or experiences are particularly valued and how they can be used to benefit the organisation. Personal development planning may be appropriate and both mentoring and coaching are highly successful ways to provide tailored development opportunities.
3. Develop the board as a team
The board is a team and benefits from having time to review working relationships and decide how best to work together. Knowing your board colleagues helps to develop trust and a good sense of commitment. It also builds the social aspect of being involved which is often an important reason people volunteer to join a board.
4. Nurture Chair and CEO relationship
The Chair and CEO fulfil two key roles for an organisation and their relationship is crucial to an organisation’s success. Together they provide a critical communication link between the board and staff. For many student officers this will be the first time they have had the responsibility of chairing a charity and as such it is especially important to nurture the relationship with an experienced CEO. Some students’ unions opt to appoint experienced external trustees to act as deputy chairs to offer consistency and mentor officers in supporting and challenging the CEO. Together the chair and deputy chair can be a sounding board for the CEO’s ideas, a listener when times are tough and a check when enthusiasm is in danger of overwhelming resources. Likewise the CEO needs to understand the board’s priorities and can discuss with the chair how these are being translated into reality.
5. Spend time planning the future together
Each year the board should review the organisation’s work; identify what has gone well and what could be done better; recognise what progress has been made with strategic objectives and agree priorities for the next year. These discussions can then link into a wider business planning process. Having an annual away day is an excellent opportunity to stand back and refresh the board’s thinking. It works best if it is run in a way that encourages fresh thinking and an open minded approach.
6. Plan the board’s work for the year
The board’s time is valuable and limited. Each meeting needs to be progressing the organisation’s work and priorities. There is a cycle to any board’s work so having a plan for key decisions during the year will enable staff as well as trustees to plan their work effectively. Where such planning is ineffective, extra or emergency meetings may need to be arranged, which are a poor use of staff and trustee resources.
7. Remember to scan the horizon as well as the day to day
If the board becomes focussed on the day to day this may drag down the focus of the CEO. It may mean that no-one is looking further ahead. It is the board’s job to ensure the organisation’s future and trustees have to scan the horizon regularly for opportunities as well as threats. Then the organisation can plan how to exploit those opportunities or avoid / mitigate those threats.
8. Decide on your appetite for risk
Both action and inaction present risks for an organisation. Knowing the costs and benefits of taking certain actions helps to develop an understanding of risk. Trustees should spend time each year considering the organisation’s risks and agreeing the type and severity of risk they are willing to accept in order to achieve the organisation’s objectives. Working with staff they can identify ways to mitigate risks should they be realised.
9. Appraise board performance
The best performing boards invest in their governance and carry out an annual appraisal of their collective performance. This can include self-assessment and independent feedback on performance, as well as feedback from senior staff. Such a process should identify what is working well, what needs to change and produce an action plan for implementation.
10. Focus, focus, focus….on your vision, mission and values
The board of trustees are the guardians of the organisation’s vision, mission and values. If they lose sight of the organisation’s purpose, the reason it exists and the values that underpin its work then the organisation can drift, get involved in unsuitable distractions and even fail. Focussing the work of the staff and the organisation’s resources on the vision, mission and values will keep the organisation on track and heading for success.
At Joanna Davey Consulting we support our clients to enhance their performance and lead their organisations to success. We offer a range of services including board effectiveness reviews, 360 degree appraisals, facilitation, teambuilding, coaching and mentoring. Please get in touch for an initial free consultation. www.joannadavey.co.uk or 07968 267630
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Starting a small business is an exciting time, but cash can be tight, meaning there is little to spend on training and development. Step forward the perfect solution - volunteering on a charity board! It’s the ideal option for entrepreneurs as becoming a trustee is a fantastic way to gain and hone the skills you will need as a business owner and can give you a real head-start.
Sitting on a charity board gives you access to all sorts of training and development opportunities. As a trustee you will work with the charity’s paid staff and other volunteers and get to know all the functions of a company. From HR and financial matters to planning ahead and fundraising (which requires similar skills to pitching for new business) – almost everything you do as a board member is transferable to your role as a business owner.
Many entrepreneurs miss the daily office banter, not to mention the networking opportunities. So life as a trustee will give you the chance to make lots of new contacts, broaden your horizons and regain that team-working element.
Our US counterparts are already embracing trusteeships, with 61% of entrepreneurs sitting on the board of a non-profit organisation and 50% being a board chairman, either currently or in the past.
“I’ve learnt more from being a charity trustee than any other form of professional development, and the wide-ranging skills I have gained from being a board member have helped my business in so many ways,” says Katie Hodgson, Director of Creative Sensemaking.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Check out Prospectus' trustee pages here, and follow @prospect_us
Recent figures from the Government show that 19% of company board directors are now women. For FTSE 100 companies the figures are more mixed with the number of companies with a woman on their board has fallen; this is concerning as it means that there are still leading businesses with all-male boards. The figures are also more mixed for company executives; only a disappointing 6.1% are women.
The issue of boardroom diversity has recently had a higher media profile following news that the German government is considering making it a legal requirement that women make up 30% of non-executives on company boards.
In my native country Norway, the Government introduced a mandatory 40% female quota on listed companies’ boards in 2004, and the lessons to date are overwhelmingly positive.
According to research by Agnes Bolsø from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the experience is highly positive and evidence shows that more diversity resulted in better decision-making processes. Not only did boards operate better, respondents to Bolsø’s research said that they had become more professional. No wonder then that in Norway, women now make up 42% of board directors, exceeding the state imposed quota.
At Prospectus we established our Board Practice to improve governance through a greater focus on finding skilled, talented and diverse trustees, giving charities a real alternative to relying on networks and the traditional ‘who-do-we-know’ approach. To date, more than 42% of appointed trustees are women. Not yet as high as the 58% of executives Prospectus has helped clients appoint, but a significant step in the right direction.
Charities are not as different from companies as many assume. Whilst charity governance still needs to improve, to my knowledge no charity has yet had to be bailed out with billions of tax payer money. With that in mind, it is fantastic news that the number of women on company boards are increasing, hopefully leading to better corporate governance. In addition, the Norwegian experience suggests that more women on boards also lead to better gender balance on executive teams.
We still have a long way to go in terms of board room diversity, not just relating to gender but also ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural diversity. Hopefully the Government’s (voluntary) target of 25% women in the corporate boardrooms helps achieve some of that. And wouldn’t it be great if more of the talented, high-impact executives, both men and women, from the charity sector could be appointed to corporate boards? That’s the aspiration at Prospectus!
Thursday, 22 May 2014
From showcasing the different volunteering roles on offer, taster sessions and team challenges with new partners, to volunteer recruitment events, awards ceremonies and launching new volunteering campaigns, events take place throughout the country.
Everyone is invited to join this national celebration of volunteers and volunteering; it’s up to you to decide exactly how you join in.
This year is the 30th anniversary of Volunteers' Week, and it's time to celebrate! To recognise the 30th anniversary, the number 30 is being used as a theme for the Week, and there are lots of ways for you to get creative.
Visit the Volunteers' Week website for a resource pack, to sign up for email updates, notify the team of an even you're doing, and much more information!
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
I Love Small Charities Day: Two social media competitions to win funds for your charity
Big Advice Day: Free advice on any charity topic of your choosing from experts across the sector and business leaders
Policy Day: Local and national events will be held to support engagement between small charities and policy makers and influencers
Volunteering Day: Showcase your small charity volunteering opportunities and register for a number of free events
Fundraising Day: Take part in four free competitions and initiatives to raise vital funds for your small charity
Celebration Day: Get involved and run an event to help raise awareness of and celebrate your amazing work
We are calling on all small charities to get involved and make the most of the activities available. Check the website now as some deadlines are fast approaching
Thursday, 27 February 2014
The Small Charities Coalition, a Trustees' Week partner, has improved and relaunched Trustee Finder, a key free service for charities recruiting new trustees. Improvements made will significantly increase the number of potential trustees viewing the vacancies and, as a result, help fill more trustee positions in charities of all sizes.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Consisting of a range of need-to-know topics, the programme will include a half day conference on employment law essentials, seminars on pension developments and VAT for charities, an interactive webinar on tendering, and the annual Wales Charity Law and Governance conference. All of the events will be delivered by specialists in each of these areas, and will take place in a variety of locations across Wales throughout the year.
A full list the events that WCVA will be delivering for trustees is below, or click here to go the website.
- 20 March: Hugh James employment law update; half day conference at Cardiff City Stadium, 9am -12pm
- 3 April: Seminar by Centurion VAT Specialists, ' "I'm a charity and I don't pay VAT" - myth or reality?' 10am -1pm at Plas Pentwyn in Wrexham
- 21 May: Wales Charity Law and Governance conference; 9.30am - 4pm at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea
- 4 June: Seminar by Keegan & Pennykid Insurance Brokers, 'Auto-enrolment: what trustees need to know'; 10am-12.30pm at Tapstri in Swansea
- 25 June: Seminar by Hugh James Solicitors, 'Responsibilities when employing people'; 9.30am - 1pm at WCVA's office in Rhyl
- 18 September: Seminar by Centurion VAT Specialists, ' "I'm a charity and I don't pay VAT" - myth or reality?' 5pm - 8pm at WCVA's office in Cardiff
- 25 September: Webinar by Gareth Coles WCVA, 'Tendering for trustees'; 12:30pm - 1:30pm
- 11 November: Seminar by Keegan & Pennykid Insurance Brokers, 'Auto-enrolment: what trustees need to know'; 10am-12.30pm, at Plas Pentwyn in Wrexham
- 19 November: Seminar by Hugh James Solicitors, 'Responsibilities when employing people'; 4.30pm - 8pm at WCVA's office in Cardiff.