The ICSA Charity Governance Conference 2017

This event took place on 16 June 2017.

With high profile governance failures and alleged unethical fundraising methods now (hopefully) in the rear-view mirror, expectations on the charity sector remain high to deliver good governance, build trust and demonstrate a positive impact. This is supported by the recently published House of Lords Select Committee report on charities, titled ‘Stronger charities for a stronger society’ which puts governance at the core of strengthening the sector.

The ICSA Charity Governance Conference has been specifically designed to provide delegates with an update on the proposals from the Select Committee report and the revised Charity Code of Governance. This event aims to offer trustees and chairs a full charity governance round up including technical updates and fundraising forecasts for the sector’s future.

As the political, social and economic landscape continues to change, charities must adapt to survive. Now that momentum has begun to gain pace in addressing the challenges the sector faces, find out how you can ensure the implementation (and maintenance) of robust structures and processes while navigating the tricky waters ahead. 

This event contributes to CPD hours and is a full-day conference taking place
between 10:00am-4:00pm.


09.30 Registration, tea/coffee


Chair’s opening remarks

Louise Thomson FCIS, Head of Policy (NFP), ICSA


Keynote address – House of Lords Select Committee Report

Baroness Barker, Member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities


The Revised Charity Code of Governance

First published in 2005, the charity governance code provides the voluntary and community sector with a code for good governance. With the results of the recent public consultation on the code out, this session offers delegates insights into the evolution of the code so far and a chance to take away learning on the code’s key principles from the Chair of the Charity Code Steering Group.

Rosie Chapman FCIS, Chair, Charity Governance Code Steering Group and Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Committee on Charities


Fundraising update

The Fundraising Regulator was established in January 2016 in response to sector wide concerns on fundraising practices. The Regulator has since assumed responsibility for the code of fundraising focussing on areas of concern including vulnerable people, fundraising communications, delivery of charity collection bags and charity oversight of third party contracts. In this session, find out what the regulator has been up to over the past year.

Gerald Oppenheim, Head of Policy and Communications, Fundraising Regulator

11.40 Networking tea and coffee break

Technical issues in charity law

The Law Commission proposed a number of technical changes to charity law which may soon appear in a new Charities Draft Bill this summer. Amongst the changes included proposals to update governing issues including how Royal Charter charities change their objects, as well as guidance for charities to change their purposes. Here we focus on changing charitable objects and the importance of maintaining an exclusively charitable purpose.

Andrew Studd, Partner, Russell-Cooke Solicitors


Cultural markers in the charitable sector

ICSA: The Governance Institute recently launched a new report looking at the importance of a good culture within charities and highlighting some ‘red flags’ that could be warning signs for trustees and senior managers. This session will provide an overview of the report and aims to help delegates identify behaviours and practices that may indicate a poor organisational culture which does not match the stated values of their charity.

Craig Beeston, Policy Officer (Not-for-Profit), ICSA

13.15 Networking lunch

Boards behaving badly? Evolving ideas on behaviour, culture and governance

The Charity Commission’s approach to regulation and guidance has often focussed on skills and knowledge, systems and procedures. But are we missing a trick if we don’t take account of culture and behaviour? Find out what we can learn from the governance triangle. Help the Commission to develop a model of common trustee behaviours and find out who’s on your board.

Neal Green, Strategy and Insight Manager, Charity Commission‚Äč


Charity sector forecast

2017 has already been a year of seismic change politically, socially and economically for the UK. The Government is firmly focussed on Britain’s exit from the EU and with no signs of the public spending cuts waning, there is a lot for the charity sector to manage over the coming year. This session aims to provide delegates with a forecast for the year ahead highlighting what to expect in regulation and charity law and find out how to make the most of the opportunities facing the sector. 

Dan Francis, Governance Consultant, NCVO


Closing keynote address

Anna Smee, CEO, UK Youth

Winner of the Rising CEO Star Award at the Charity Times Awards 2016
16.00 Final remarks and close of conference

*This is a draft programme and may be subject to change

Contact us

Phone: 020 7612 7032
Email: contact us


Charities/Members/Students: £200+VAT
Non-members: £350+VAT


This event took place on 16 June 2017.


Saffron House
6-10 Kirby Street

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