Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Introduction to Recruiting Trustees and Volunteers, from Dorset Community Action and the Volunteer Centre Dorset - Dorset, 12th November 2014

Dorset Community Action and the Volunteer Centre Dorset are organising a one day training course aimed at supporting organisations recruit trustee and volunteers.
 
Date: 12th November 2014
Time: 9.45am - 2.30pm
Location: Community Learning and Resource Centre, 41 - 44 King Street, Wimborne, BH21 1EB
Cost: £30 per voluntary sector representative, £50 per person from a statutory body
 
The course covers:
  • How to plan for recruitment
  • Attracting and recruiting the right people
  • The legal requirements and any restrictions
  • How to get the most out of your new volunteers
At the end of the session delegates will have the knowledge and tools to help you attract, retain and manage volunteers with the skills,  experience and values your organisation need.

For more information, and to book, CLICK HERE

 

Trustees Networking Evening, from Merton Voluntary Service Council - Morden, 13th November

Interested in becoming a trustee? Or are you an organisation looking for trustees?

On Thursday 13th November, MVSC will be hosting an informal networking evening to give anyone interested in becoming a trustee the chance to meet and talk to local voluntary organisations over a glass of wine and light refreshments.

 Where? Geeks, Apollo House, 66a London Road, Morden. SM4 5BE
 When? 13th November, 6-8pm

We are delighted that Geeks, multi award-winning software Development Company, have generously provided their bright, spacious venue above Morden Station to hold the event.

Visit www.mvsc.co.uk/trustee to book your place, or email sarah@mvsc.co.uk  

Monday, 27 October 2014

Winners of One In A Million video competition announced!

We recently launched the One In A Million Trustees' Week video competition, to find out what makes you tick as a trustee. Many thanks to all who entered - the entries will be posted here in the lead-up to Trustees' Week or into the Week itself, as we celebrate trusteeship.

We had a lovely variety of entries, and it was great to see people's enthusiasm for trusteeship shining through so clearly. A judging panel came to a unanimous decision as to who the three winners are.

The Panel

* Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy & Communications (Charity Commission)
* Emma Herbert, Governance Consultant (NCVO)
* Katherine Sparkes, Chief Executive (Getting On Board)

The Winners
(in no particular order)

* YMCA Swansea: http://youtu.be/0aquR-cok78

* Cardiff People First - Chair, Simon Richards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzLiLMv4Qro&index=1&list=PLjlrD7xK3eu6QX5C3hhRc0RsKZ9InXyBC  

* Greensleeves Homes Trust - Trustee, Leila Harris-Ryberg: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=leila+harris+ryberg   

The winners receive a ticket to the NCVO Trustee Conference on 10th November. Check out the videos above, and keep an eye out for more being uploaded! Remember to show your support for trusteeship and make some noise for trustees on 10th November, by joining our Twitter Thunderclap!

Well done to everyone who took part, and thanks to our judging panel.

What is Trustee Indemnity Insurance? - By Martyn Turner, Charity Underwriting Director, Ecclesiastical Insurance

Ecclesiastical Insurance have contributed a series of blogs for Trustees' Week. Today's blog, one of three, tackles the question of 'what is trustee indemnity insurance?'

People become trustees for many different reasons. Some do because it represents a cause close to their heart, whereas others may see trusteeship as the opportunity to become more involved in the strategic direction the charity takes. The trustee has a similar responsibility to that of a director of a company.
By becoming a trustee you have made the decision to volunteer your time to make life better for others. The last thing on your mind will be insurance and why would it be! However trustee indemnity insurance is something you need to think about and understand, because trustees have legal responsibilities and can be held liable for the charities actions.
As a charity trustee, it makes sense to protect yourself and give yourself peace of mind that should something go wrong, someone is there to help you. Trustee indemnity insurance is like a reassuring safety net so that if a trustee makes an honest mistake the insurance cover can protect them.
So what types of things are covered under insurance?
           Claims arising as a result of improper investment
           Awkward legal situations
           Allegations of defamation.
There are some restrictions that you need to be aware of as there are some things you won’t be covered for, for example:
           Reckless acts
           Criminal fines or penalties imposed by public authorities
           Convictions for fraud or dishonesty.
You are now probably wondering – how do I get cover? Well, trustees are able to buy cover out of their own pocket; but remember to check with your charity as you may already be covered under their insurance. If you need further details on your policy please contact your insurer or speak to a specialist broker.
If you are unsure about trustee indemnity insurance or you need more information please visit the Ecclesiastical Insurance website for more information or tweet us @Ecclesiastical.
Next Monday we will be blogging about the responsibilities of a charity trustee so make sure you come back and take a look.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Live Twitter Q&A from IBB Solicitors, Thursday 13th November, 12-1pm


The Charity Team from IBB Solicitors - Jo Coleman, Eva Abeles and Ed Marchant are running a live Twitter Q&A for Trustees' Week.  
 
Date: Thursday 13th November
Time: 12-1pm
Topic: Charity Law and Good Governance
Hashtag: #CharityGovernance
Twitter handle: @CharityNotesUK
 
Tweet in your questions beforehand or get involved on the day!

 

Deal or No Deal Funding Conference, from Devon Voluntary Action - Devon, 4th November 2014

Devon Voluntary Action is running a Deal or No Deal Funding Conference, specifically designed for voluntary and community groups. The programme includes keynote speakers, sharing experiences, workshops to learn new skills and market places to network.

Date: 4th November 2014
Time: 9.30am - 4pm
Location: Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Devon. TQ11 0EE
Cost: £28 for Voluntary Groups with no paid staff; £35.50 for Voluntary Groups with paid staff

Time to think outside the box and get the right deal at the right time for your organisation!
Workshops include 'Is social investment right for you?' and 'Using digital tools for fundraising'.

For more details on speakers, workshops, and how to book, CLICK HERE. 

@Devon_VA
 
 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Good Governance and Great Trustees seminar from SCVO - Inverness, 11th November 2014

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is running a seminar on good governance and great trustees, for Trustees' Week.

Date: 11th November 2014
Time: 2-4pm
Location: SCVO, Fairway House, Fairways Business Park, Inverness, IV2 6AA
Cost: £20 for SCVO members, £30 for non-members

Event overview

The role of a trustee comes with a number of responsibilities, expectations and challenges. This seminar aims to look at the key elements of good governance, and will include:
  • Understanding trustee roles and responsibilities
  • The hallmarks of an effective governing document
  • How to avoid conflicts of interest
  • Relationships between the Chair, board, and staff
  • How to enhance a Board’s performance
We will also look at how the Independence Referendum result may affect good governance in charities.

For contact details and to book, CLICK HERE
@scvotweet

Beyond the Boardroom breakfast session, from Career Volunteer and Legal & General - London, 12th November

Career Volunteer and Legal & General present ‘Beyond the Boardroom: Building business leaders through skilled volunteering’.
 
Overview
To celebrate Trustees’ Week, Career Volunteer, together with our partner Legal & General, present a breakfast session exploring the value of employer supported volunteering and trusteeships and how charities can make the most of it. 

Whether your company is seeking ways to develop and engage your brightest people and cement your CSR values and commitment to leadership development, or whether you’re a charity interested in making the most of employer supported volunteering, this event will share expertise, information and experiences from those who champion skilled volunteering. 
Our Speakers

John Stewart – Chair of the Board of Trustees, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, and Chair, Legal & General

David Lale – Founder, Career Volunteer & Charity People

Graham Precey – Head of CSR & Ethics, Legal & General

David Huse OBE – former Head of London Ambassador Volunteer Programme, Olympics 2012, and former Sales Director, Heinz, and Procter & Gamble
Details
Date: Wednesday 12th November

Time: 8am (for 8.30am start) – 10am

Location: One Coleman Street, London, EC2R 5AA

Cost: FREE, although we have limited capacity for this event – if you are interested in finding out more and for availability, please contact tinashe@careervolunteer.co.uk.
Career Volunteer
Our vision is to see a world where skilled volunteering is seen as a normal part of everyone's work, encouraged and supported by employers and given due recognition by society as a whole.  We fulfil this through connecting the skills and talents of people around the world with organisations in civil society best able to utilise them, creating a lasting, sustainable impact.  Find out more about us here.
Tweet us @CareerVolnteer

Join us Linkedin/group/career-volunteer

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Join in the live Twitter Q&A's during Trustees' Week!

Throughout Trustees' Week, different partners will be hosting live Twitter Q&As each day. Joining in is a great way to get involved with Trustees' Week and take part in a discussion about a topic you're interested in. Tweet in questions in advance and put the date and time in your diary and join in. Remember to use the #trusteesweek hashtag!

Trustees’ Week, November 2014 – Live Twitter Q&A’s

Monday 10th: No live Q&A – NCVO Trustee Conference - follow the Conference @NCVO, #Trusteeconf14

Tuesday 11th: Charity CommissionRegulatory Twitter Clinic, covering any trustee questions for the Commission - for example, questions surrounding trustee payments and expenses, conflicts of interest, liabilities, decision making, training, responsibilities, how to become a trustee...and beyond!
12.30 – 1.30pm
@ChtyCommission

 Wednesday 12th: Charity Finance Group (CFG)  - Charity finance for trustees
12.30-1.30pm
@CFGtweets
                               Getting On Board (together with LinkedIn):Using LinkedIn for board level volunteering, and using Getting On Board's Signposting Service to help coach you to the perfect role.
3-5pm
@GettingonBoard
@LinkedIn

Thursday 13th: Reach VolunteeringGuidance and tips for good Trustee recruitment
1-2pm
@ReachSkills
 
Friday 14th: WCVA –  Trustee training and development (considering why it’s important, whether people have allocated time/budgets for it, the different methods used now, etc).
1-2pm
@WalesCVA

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Audit Committee Training, from CFG - London, 12th November

Charity Finance Group (CFG) are running a session on Audit Committee Training in London, 12th November.
 
All charities need to monitor their governance and risk. Some do this through their trustee body, and some through committees like “finance and general purposes”. Increasingly, charities are also establishing separate audit committees to help in their governance processes, but there is no established framework for them in the charity sector.

This course introduces the main functions of audit committees and discusses their role in charities. It is a combination of presented material and discussion time.
Course content: - The role and composition of an audit committee
- Guidance from the Charity regulators and other sectors
- Key issues: assurance, risk and reporting
- The effective audit committee
Speaker: Don Bawtree - Partner, BDO LLP

Who should attend:
Finance Directors, senior management, committee members, treasurers, trustees, from charities both with or without audit committees.
This course is delivered in association with BDO.
 
For more information, and to book, CLICK HERE

Preparing for SORP 2015: An Essential Overview for Trustees, from CFG - London, 11th November and Birmingham, 12th November

Charity Finance Group (CFG) are running two workshops in London and Birmingham for Trustees' Week, focusing on the new SORP 2015.

Following the 2013 consultation, the Charity Commission has published two new Charities SORPs, changing the way charities report on their activities.

The two new SORPs reflect significant changes to the accounting framework that will apply to accounting periods starting on or after 1 January 2015 and these changes will affect comparative figures when accounting treatments change.

Larger charities (broadly those with income above £6.5m) will be most affected by the changes, which are mainly driven by the introduction of the Financial Reporting Standard (FRS 102). FRS 102 replaces all previous accounting standards (FRSs, SSAPs and UITF) with a single standard.

Smaller charities can use the Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (FRSSE) or choose to use FRS 102. Smaller charities will therefore need to make a choice as to which standards and SORP they use

The new SORPs also introduce some changes to the Trustees' Annual Report which will particularly affect charities over the audit threshold and the way they explain executive pay, their reserves and the risks they face.
Who is this session aimed at?

Trustees who want to understand their roles and responsibilities and get an overview about how the SORP changes will affect their areas of responsibility. The session will explain changes to the Trustees Annual Report and set out simply the impact of change on charity accounts.

The session will also help trustees decide whether their charity should use FRSSE or FRS 102 SORPs and will explain simply the time-line and how to plan for transition.
The session is designed for trustees and will not assume any detailed knowledge of accountancy but may also be helpful to a charity's accounting staff who want an overview of the new framework.

Speakers


Ray Jones
Ray Jones is a Chartered Accountant and is working with CFG to deliver the SORP training. As the former Head of Accountancy Policy at the Charity Commission, Ray brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the SORP. He was the Charity Commission’s representative on the Charities SORP Committee and also sits as an observer member on the FRC’s Committee on Accounting for Public-benefit Entities (CAPE) and on the ICAEW’s Charities Technical Sub-Committee. Ray was also a member of the APB’s working group that developed Practice Note 11 on the audit of charities and is currently a Visiting Lecturer on advanced charity accounting at Cass Business School, City University, London.

Nick Brooks
Nick Brooks is a partner at Kingston Smith and heads up the not for profit sector group. Nick has over 20 years' experiences in providing audit and advisory services to the not for profit sector.
Nick is one of the leading UK advisors concerning audit, accountancy and tax for charities and schools, and writes and lectures on a wide range of charity matters.
This course is run in partnership with Kingston Smith.
For more information on the programme in both London and Birmingham, and to book, CLICK HERE.

This workshop also takes place in Birmingham, on 12th November, in partnership with Sayer Vincent. Speakers are Ray Jones (above) and Joanna Pittman:

Jo is a partner at Sayer Vincent, having qualified as a chartered accountant with Sayer Vincent in 2002 and then progressed as a manager and a senior manager. She has a Diploma in Charity Accounting awarded by the ICAEW and Cass Business School.

In addition to managing audits for a diverse client portfolio, Jo has worked on a number of VAT reviews, corresponding with HM Revenue & Customs over clients' VAT matters, and assessing the VAT implications of new projects including property construction.

Jo leads Sayer Vincent’s internal technical specialist group and is a house tax expert, keeping both staff and clients up to date on technical and tax matters.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Trustee matching and networking event from I AM Enterprises - London, 11th November

I AM Enterprises are running a trustee matching and networking event to celebrate Trustees' Week, in London on 11th November.

Join us if you're interested in becoming a charity trustee, your charity is looking to recruit trustees or you're interested in developing your CSR strategy through trusteeships.
Includes a guest talk from Leon Ward, trustee of Plan UK, and refreshments.

Date: 11th November
Time: 6 - 8.30pm
Location: FSCS, 10th floor Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London. EC3A 7QU (nearest stations are Aldgate / Aldgate East / Liverpool Street)
Cost: £10

For more information, a schedule and to book, CLICK HERE
@theiamgroup

Trustee liabilities: Reducing the risks, from Chester Voluntary Action - Chester, 12th November

Chester Voluntary Action are running a workshop on Trustee liabilities: Reducing the risks, for Trustees' Week.

Date: 12th November 2014
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Arthur J Gallaghers, Belgrave House, Bath St, Chester CH1 1QL

Overview:
It is important that people who give their time to run charities and similar organisations understand the nature of this responsibility and the liabilities and risks involved with this type of role.

Topics to be covered:

1.     Practical advice on assessing and minimising the risks associated with trustee liability

2.     Examples and case studies of risk and how to avoid it

3.     Trustee liability insurance - why buy it?

4.     Claims examples

There will also be a Q&A session.

Cost: £10 for CVA members, £15 for non CVA members

CLICK HERE for further information, and for the Booking Form.

@chestervol
 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Emily Beever - My Trustee Story


I am the Chair of the Trustee Board at Aberdeen University Students’ Association and a board member of the University of Aberdeen. Taking on these roles is part and parcel of being the elected Student President. This has been the case since Student Unions had to be registered as charities. Half of our Trustee Board is made up of full-time student officers and another quarter are current students. The rest of the Board are external people with experience and expertise in varying areas.

It’s definitely a steep learning curve! I came to this role straight out of graduation and finance or HR were never areas I had studied or knew anything about. Sabbatical officer trustees are trained intensively in the summer when we begin our term of office. Financial management for non-financial managers and student governor training were essential sessions for me.

Our organization is pretty small and at the moment we are going through a staffing restructure. This means I have more responsibilities that Chairs of other organizations may have. I collate and circulate papers as well as giving some reports myself. It is most definitely challenging but I’m learning a lot and I’m confident that this is excellent preparation for my future career trajectory.

My advice to other young trustees would be to be inquisitive. I have learnt the most when I have taken an interest in a specific area and done some research on it. I’ve learnt I really enjoy strategy and monitoring risk from this experience. To those organizations that are looking to diversify their board with younger members – do it! We might not be experts in our fields quite yet but we are innovative, keen to learn and really good at asking questions.
Twitter: @AUSAPres

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Free 'Good Governance' Trustee Conference from Greater London Volunteering - London, 14th November 2014

Greater London Volunteering, in partnership with London Funders, Reach Volunteering and Russell-Cooke Solicitors, is holding a free Good Governance trustee conference on 14th November 2014. Taking place at City Hall, the event is supported by the Mayor of London's Team London programme.

Date: 14th November
Time: 9.30am - 1pm
Location: City Hall, London. SE1 2AA

This free event for Trustees of London’s voluntary and community sector will give you the chance to find out about developments in the law in relation to charity governance, the funding landscape for charities in the capital, and how to recruit new members to your Boards. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE.

Speakers:
* David Mears, Partner (Charity and Social Business Team), Russell-Cooke Solicitors
* Simon Hebditch, Trustee, Reach Volunteering
* David Warner, Director, London Funders

More information can be found HERE.

Governance Surgeries from Brighton and Hove Community Works - 11th November 2014

When: Tuesday 11th November, 5-7pm (you can drop in any time between 5.00pm and 7.00pm, as long as we know to expect you)

Where: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

What: For the attention of all Trustees and Management Committee Members! We are bringing together all of the expertise, information and advice you could need if you are a trustee or are considering becoming one, to answer those questions you might be afraid to ask or don’t know who to ask. Our experts will be able to give you information and honest advice on a range of areas, including:

·         Employment law and staffing issues

·         Charity finance and financial management

·         Charity law

·         Roles and responsibilities of trustees or management committee members

·         Good governance practice

·         Developing a management committee or trustee board

·         Effective relationships between staff and management committees or trustee     boards

·         Best practice in volunteer management, safeguarding and equalities

We are also looking to develop a support network for trustees and would welcome your thoughts on whether this would be helpful to you, either at the Governance Surgery or by getting in touch with us directly on info@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234023.

Many thanks to the Skills Exchange Network who are kindly supporting this surgery. To find out more CLICK HERE.

Our Governance Surgery is taking place as part of our Annual General Meeting and Sector Star Awards. To find out more CLICK HERE.

Cost: FREE to attend, but is only open to trustees or management committee members from organisations operating in Brighton and Hove

Book Now - CLICK HERE!

For more info:



01273 234023

@bh_cw

 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Charity Chairs Conference, part of the Lord Mayor's Charity Leadership Programme - London, 21st October

A half-day conference for Chairs and potential Chairs of charities. The conference is being developed as the climax of the Charity Leadership Programme.

Date: Tuesday 21st October 2014
Time: 14:00 -19:00
Location: Mansion House, The City of London

Registration at 14:00 for a start at 14:30. The conference will be followed by a drinks reception from 18:00 until 19:00 in the presence of Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of London.

About the conference

The conference is focused on enabling Chairs and potential Chairs:
  • to be better informed about the challenges of the role, especially for those coming from a professional or governance background in the City
  • to inspire City professionals to become involved as charity trustees and potentially the Chairs of the future
  • to develop more effective Chairs to lead more effective boards.
More details about the speakers and the event will be available nearer the date.
Download the full conference overview (.pdf)

Book your place

Happy Relations? Ensuring effective partnerships between trustees and senior management - from NPC, London, 17th November

How do trustees develop and maintain effective relationships with senior management? This relationship is not solely confined to the chair and chief executive—how should the rest of the board relate to the management team and staff? Come along, hear from experts and discuss with us.

Date: 17th November 2014
Time: 4-6pm, follow by drinks
Location: Clothworkers' Hall, Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7AH
Price: £45.

This seminar, in partnership with the Clothworker’s Company, seeks to equip trustees to handle these challenges through expert experience and open discussion. The seminar will:
  • Discuss the principles and behaviours required to develop and maintain an effective relationship between the board and the senior management team
  • Look at how to ensure a good flow of information between the board and the senior management team
  • Examine what makes a good relationship between Chairs and CEOs and what causes those relationships to breakdown
  • Consider what level of engagement is appropriate by the board

Speakers include

More speakers will be announced shortly.
As well as hearing from an expert panel there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A and discussion. The session will be followed by networking over a glass of wine.

For more information and to book, CLICK HERE.
@NPCthinks



Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Sustainable charities seminar, from Burton Sweet and HR & Training Solutions - Birmingham, 13th November 2014

Burton Sweet chartered accountants and business advisers have teamed up with HR & Training Solutions to run a free Sustainable Charities seminar for Trustees' Week.

Date: 13th November 2014
Time: 8.45am - 2pm
Location: BVSC, The Centre for Voluntary Action, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham. B5 6DR

This event helps you maximise the impact of your scarce resources and adapt effectively to change. It also shows you how to identify warning signs that things are going wrong and take speedy corrective action.

Sessions include:

* Getting stewardship right

* Financial warning flags and corrective actions

* Excellence in strategy and leadership

* Conflicts of interest – the headlines

* Hot topics update

Free booking is essential. For more information, and to book, CLICK HERE.

Monday, 6 October 2014

What constitutes good governance? - from David Gold, CEO of Prospectus

Earlier this year Barclays launched a new, comprehensive guide to support its Philanthropy Service for its high net worth clients. Philanthropy: Your Guide to Giving provides step-by-step advice and answers questions about all aspects of charitable giving.

The guide, the first of its kind from a UK private bank, will be used by Barclays as part of the broader Philanthropy Service that aims to engage, educate and support clients with their desire to become more engaged contributing charities – financially and beyond.

David Gold, CEO of Prospectus, was interviewed to provide his insight on “What Constitutes Good Governance?” drawing on his extensive experience of Trusteeship and governance, having served on a number of boards throughout his career.

You can read the full extract below as well as on the Prospectus website. Find further information on Barclays Philanthropy Service here and find further information on our governance services here.

What Constitutes Good Governance?

In our view, at the most simple level good governance ensures that a charity is focused closely on its mission, that it meets its charitable objects to the best of its ability, and that it complies with the controls and regulations required of it.

However, for some deeper insights on this topic we interviewed one of our contributors, David Gold. David has worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years, running a recruitment company, Prospectus, which places CEOs and Chairs in charities; and he has been a Trustee on various charity Boards throughout his career. He draws a very clear picture of good governance, defining it as, “falling into three primary areas: generative thinking strategic and fiduciary responsibilities.” So firstly, what does he mean by generative thinking?

David responds: “I mean a Board that stands back occasionally and looks widely at the issue or cause they are dealing with to consider the status of it today rather than how it was years ago. Has the cause focus altered or shifted? Is technology influencing or advancing it? Who is doing new work? What are the new challenges? This could be termed a ‘blank piece of paper’ approach.

Then you can consider how your own organisation is contributing or responding to that external view. Is it taking account of the current environment? Is it building links with new entrants, or undertaking new or adapted research, or even eliminating programmes that have become obsolete or that duplicate those of others? The point here is to ensure that you don’t just view the cause in a narrow frame from your own organisation’s perspective, but that you continually look at its wider profile, achievements, changes and impact, and use that broader perspective to set the context and benchmarks for your own activity.”

David believes that good governance also means being strategic. Here he stresses that it is the CEO and the senior management who really determine the organisation’s strategy. “The job of the Board is to support and constructively critique the strategy, and to request additions or refinements before signing it off, but not to invent it themselves. Of course they should regularly monitor progress against the plan, and expect the CEO to monitor and report back to them. Another vital role in the implementation of strategy is to ensure that the CEO has the resources (people, money, infrastructure) to be able to execute the strategy effectively. All too often Boards ask for growth on the one hand and then take a penny-pinching stance on staff costs on the other. So be conscious of how you support your CEO and how you can make life easier for him or her and for the clients of the organisation.”

David’s final requirement for good governance is the capability to manage fiduciary responsibilities well. “Obviously you need to pay attention to your compliance with charity laws and regulations on accounting, financial management and reporting. One way to manage the detail of all this is by setting up a financial sub-committee of the Board, so that only policy level discussions on finance are taken on the main Board agenda. Too many Boards end up discussing operational finances like photocopier contracts and telephone charges when this can be done by a small sub-group of Trustees who have the requisite finance skills and knowledge of risk and compliance.”

David sums up what makes a good Board in his opinion: “A good Board is one populated by those who are strongly committed as Trustees, all marching in the same direction, and full engaged with the charity. The trick is to pick people from diverse backgrounds who really care about your mission and have some passion for it. Above all it should be an opportunity for everyone participating to learn and to have fun. And finally, Boards operating really well show faith and trust in their CEO and senior management team.”
@prospect_us