Charity Governance Summit

The implications of COVID-19 and beyond


Monday 28 September 2020




Non-members: £199 +VAT
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The last few months have been a time of massive upheaval, with lockdown putting budgets under squeeze and forcing many of our traditional interactions online. So we’re proud to announce that this year’s Charity Governance Summit is going virtual.

We have an incredible line of diverse speakers this year, from across the sector and beyond, plus all the usual opportunities to network, chat with sponsors and discuss the latest thinking – in a virtual environment.

More than ever before, charity governance professionals have been working against a backdrop of uncertainty, innovation and rapid change. Boardrooms remain a place of challenge and (sometimes) tension; environmental and social responsibility have come to dominate many an organisational agenda; technology continues to bring new risks as well as opportunities; and employee well-being and trustee diversity remain urgent issues.

Add in the disruptions brought by COVID 19 and for many charities this is a time not just of difficulty – but of survival itself.


Charity Governance Summit, Monday 28 September 2020


Networking with peers and sponsors


Welcome and introduction

Louise Thomson, Head of Policy, Not for Profit, The Chartered Governance Institute


Opening keynote address


Reflecting on the new operating landscape post COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on charities. As fundraising income diminishes many are left to rely solely on their reserves. With only a quarter of charities with reserves sufficient for three months, many will buckle under the strain. How can charities navigate the new operating landscape after this pandemic is over? Hear from a panel of experts on how to kick-start programmes, source funding and optimise your service delivery.

Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive Officer, Charity Finance Group

Andrew Hughes, Change Director, Good Governance Institute


Networking break and chatrooms with speakers and sponsors


Option 1 – Lead in the boardroom and beyond

Understanding and influencing boardroom behaviour to better address the challenges boards face, is a critical tool for governance professionals. This session will explore leadership, power and influence, the relationship between the board and executive, managing conflict and cultural difference, building NextGen or beneficiary advisory boards and employee engagement with the board. Let’s equip you with the skills needed to lead.

Patrick Dunne, Chair Business (Boardelta) & Social Enterprise (EY Foundation, ESSA - Education Sub Saharan Africa), and Author of ’Boards’

Option 2 - Cybersecurity, fraud and reputational risk management

The board is ultimately responsible for the charity and should take the lead in ensuring that risk management is approached comprehensively, and permeates all aspects of the charity’s operations. This interactive forum will provide a robust platform for governance professionals to formulate best practice solutions for three critical risks and be comfortable applying them in the workplace.

Rob Shapland, Head of Cyber Professional Services, Ethical Hacker and Industry Commentator, Falanx

Dave Carter, Head of Counter Fraud Management, British Council

Vicky Browning, Chief Executive Officer, ACEVO


Keynote address - How to make this a more welcoming sector

Sarah Atkinson, CEO, Social Mobility Foundation


Networking lunch and chatrooms with speakers and sponsors


Option 1 - Improving trustee diversity on governance boards

Charity governance boards tend not to reflect the population at large nor the communities they serve. According to The Charity Commission, 81% of charities recruit for trustees by word of mouth or personal recommendation. Our panel of inspirational speakers will provide real life examples of how to recruit young trustees, members of minority communities, women and people with disabilities.

Penny Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Getting on Board

Leon Ward, Programme Manager, First Give, and Deputy Chair - Brook, and Author of the 'Young Trustees Guide'

Malcolm John, Chair, Young Harrow Foundation, Founder, Action for Trustee Racial Diversity, and Trustee, Association of Chairs

Precious Sithole, Chief Executive Officer, Social Practice ENT

Dr Alice Maynard CBE, Director - Future Inclusion, Business Disability Forum

Option 2 - Wellbeing: a key governance priority

There continues to be rising concerns about the welfare of staff in the charity sector, especially around workload, mental health and bullying. With the board responsible for setting the organisational culture, surely wellbeing needs to take a higher priority? In this session, learn from a charity leading by example, and join the debate on how to attract, retain and motivate staff.

Mandy Johnson, Founder, Sketchnotes UK, Board Trustee, Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, and Former Chief Executive Officer, Small Charities Coalition

Kim Shutler-Jones, Chief Executive Officer, The Cellar Trust Mental Health Charity, and Chair, Bradford VCS Assembly

Claire Warner, Consultant & Coach for the Third Sector

14.20 Networking break and chatrooms with speakers and sponsors

Option 1 - Governance challenges – relationships with other organisations

While some charities are in relationships with non-charity third parties, others are married to their trading subsidiaries. Challenges exist around these relationships, including integrity and ethical dimensions, transparency issues and conflicts of interest and loyalty. So how does your relationship measure up?  In this session, delegates will be able to hear from two high profile case studies, better understand the Charity Commission guidance and perspectives for charities in relationships with non-charity third parties, and learn how to manage their relationships going forward.

Cecile Gillard, Company Secretarial Manager, Bates Wells

Claire Robson, Head of Governance Legal and Compliance/Data Protection Officer, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
More panellists will be added

Option 2 - Taking a corporate approach to environmental and social governance

With the rise of climate change activism and increased public awareness of environmental issues, some governance commentators are asking whether there is a role in governance for environmental sustainability discussions. The answer has to be ‘yes’ and the boards of charities should be looking to incorporate this approach not just into their vision and mission conversations, but also their consideration of how they undertake their charitable activities.


Closing remarks


Summit close

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


Claire Robson

Claire has worked for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity since February 2016. Claire acts as the Company Secretary and Data Protection Officer and is their appointed Head of Governance, Legal and Compliance. Prior to that, she spent 11 years in the health sector specialising in Information Governance.Initially starting her career as a Chartered Secretary, qualifying with the The Chartered Governance Institute in 2003, Claire first started specialising in Data Protection around 2000, implementing the Data Protection Act 1998.

She completed a specialist Masters Degree in Information Rights Law and Practice in 2008 and has qualifications in Computer Forensics and Information Security. In December 2010, Claire had a Case Study Article published called “FOI Requests at an NHS Trust” in PDP’s Freedom of Information Journal. In June 2017, Claire completed the Institute’s Certificate in Charity Law and Governance and joined the Chartered Secretaries Charitable Trust as a Trustee in May 2019.  Claire has wide and extensive knowledge within the field of governance and is leading GOSH Charity in their Governance, Legal and Data Protection Programme.

Dave Carter

Dave has been Head of Counter Fraud for two major international charities, including his current role in the British Council, where he was recruited to design, build and then run their global counter fraud functions.

In both organisations, Dave had global responsibility for fraud and crime management, including awareness-raising, reporting and detecting, responding and prevention – plus leading on investigations. He devised and implemented the key strategies which allowed for this risk to be managed in hostile environments, and on occasions during the worst humanitarian disasters that have occurred in modern times. Travelling extensively, Dave built a global team to support the operational function, to provide reassurance to trustees and donors, and to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory responsibilities.

The majority of Dave’s career was spent within the City of London Police, where he served for 14 years, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. Most of this time was spent as a detective investigating serious and major crime, including homicide until he moved into the Economic Crime Directorate of what is the national lead force for fraud. Here he specialised in international fraud, especially those involving organised crime groups targeting UK banks, while head of the specialist unit, the Dedicated Cheque & Plastic Crime Unit.

Dave is a member of the Charity Commission’s Charities Against Fraud Group and a Special Advisor to the Fraud Advisory Panel.

Dr Alice Maynard

Alice is Director of Future Inclusion, working across sectors, increasing inclusion through improved leadership and governance.

Alice is a Non-Executive Director on the boards of the Financial Conduct Authority, HMRC and Transport for London. She was a member of the Committee on Fuel Poverty and the Human Genetics Commission and chaired a NICE guideline committee on improving the experience of adult social care users.

She has been board chair for several charities including Scope. She has overseen merger and turnaround. She has led significant improvements in governance by building on her leadership experience, using her understanding of how business works and what makes businesses thrive on driving improvements. She is currently a trustee of a small local grant-giving charity and a volunteer mentor to the chair of a local music group.

Phil Eyre

Phil Eyre is the founder of Leaders, a leadership consultancy business. He has an enthusiastic and inspiring style, drawing on his experience in business, academia and social sectors to help leadership teams to reach peak performance. Phil has expertise in psychometrics and in the application of human data for individual, team and organisational success.

He has trained with, and been mentored by, global leaders in this field, notably Dr Chuck Coker in the US. Phil began his career in the UK offshore finance industry in 1994, working for a wealth management company in Guernsey, Collins Stewart (CI) Limited, now Canaccord Genuity Wealth International.

Phil was head of the company's Guernsey division before resigning from executive responsibilities in 2008. Phil has served on the boards of three charities, including BMS World Mission, a UK charity with over 80 employees and a global reach. Phil also ran the Guernsey hub of a national theology college, received accreditation as a pastor in the Baptist Union of Great Britain and served as a non-executive director for Canaccord Genuity Wealth International.

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