Charity Governance Summit

The implications of COVID-19 and beyond


Monday 28 September 2020




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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.

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.

We have an incredible line-up of speakers, from across the UK and beyond, plus all the usual opportunities to network, chat with sponsors and discuss the latest thinking – in a virtual environment. Find out more about what to expect from a virtual conference.


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


Developments on the diversity principle
Representative from The Charity Governance Code Steering Group


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.

Erica Crump, Partner, Bates Wells

Caron Bradshaw
, Chief Executive Officer, Charity Finance Group

Andrew Hughes, Change Director, Good Governance Institute

Rita Chadha, Chief Executive Officer, Small Charities Coalition


Optional chatroom - How can your charity survive in the new landscape post-COVID-19?
Hosted by Erica Crump, Caron Bradshaw, Andrew Hughes and Rita Chadha


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


Optional Chatroom - What risks have you faced, and how did you manage them?
Hosted by Rob Shapland, Dave Carter and Vicky Browning


Networking lunch


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, Chief Executive Officer, The Cellar Trust Mental Health Charity, and Chair, Bradford VCS Assembly

Claire Warner, Consultant & Coach for the Third Sector

14.20 Optional chatroom - What approach will you take to diversify your trustees?
Hosted by Penny Wilson, Leon Ward, Malcolm John, Precious Sithole, and Dr Alice Maynard CBE
14.20 Optional chatroom - How are you prioritising the wellbeing of your staff?
Hosted by Mandy Johnson, Kim Shutler, and Claire Warner

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

Paul Farmer CBE,
Chief Executive Officer, Mind
Claire Robson, Head of Governance Legal and Compliance/Data Protection Officer, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

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.

Shivaji Shiva,
Charity Solicitor, VWV
Other panellists to be confirmed


Closing remarks


Summit close

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


Sarah Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer, The Social Mobility Foundation

Sarah joined the Social Mobility Foundation, a London-based charity working to support disadvantaged young people to achieve their potential, in January 2020. She was previously Executive Director for Strategy, Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission. Her background is in corporate communications and policy. Before joining the Commission as Head of Corporate Affairs she worked in the private sector, including roles with Nationwide Building Society and in public affairs consultancy.

Her non-executive experience includes membership of the NCVO Charity Tax Commission and board roles at Endometriosis UK, the Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years, and Womankind Worldwide. She is a Leadership Fellow at St George’s House, Windsor and a mentor on the Leaders Plus fellowship programme.

Caron Bradshaw, Chief Executive Officer, Charity Finance Group

Caron joined the Charity Finance Group in 2010 from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) where she was Head of the Charity and Voluntary Sector. In addition to supporting several small charities and community organisations, Caron has been a member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) National Assembly, and the Charities Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) Committee. She has also sat on several government working parties, is a member of the Church of England Pension Board’s Audit and Risk Committee, and as Chair of the Board of the Directory of Social Change (and her local hockey club). She was named in the top 30 UK social influences in Risk, Compliance and Regtech 2017.

Caron is a trained Barrister and has a wide array of experience across the charity, regulation/law, policy, member support, and professional ethics. In 2015 she was named Charity Principal of the Year at the Charity Times Awards. In 2016 she received the Association Excellence Award for Leadership. Caron is an avidly ‘social’ CEO and has been named in the top 30 social CEOs in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Vicky Browning, Chief Executive Officer, ACEVO

Vicky has headed up ACEVO, the network of civil society leaders, since February 2017. ACEVO wants to see civil society leaders making the biggest possible difference. Together with their network, they inspire and support civil society leaders by providing connections, advocacy and skills. Vicky works with the ACEVO team and trustees to support, represent and encourage ACEVO’s members in their ambition to create change and serve communities.

Vicky joined ACEVO from CharityComms, the membership network for communications professionals in UK charities, where she was director since March 2010. A former magazine journalist, editor and publisher, Vicky worked at Haymarket Publishing, the UK's largest privately owned publishing company for 16 years during the nineties and noughties. She was publishing director of a host of business titles including Third Sector and ad-industry bible Campaign, as well as spending two years in New York heading the launch team of internet marketing title Revolution US. Vicky then enjoyed six years as an independent publishing consultant, offering management consultancy, product development and marketing services to a range of clients, before joining CharityComms and ACEVO.

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.

Rita Chadha, Chief Executive Officer, Small Charities Coalition

Rita joined the Small Charities Coalition in July 2019 as Chief Executive Officer.

Starting at the age of 15 as a volunteer, Rita has worked for several local and national charities on issues related to inequality and social justice and also remains a volunteer and trustee of some organisations. In her spare time, she also is a keen challenge event enthusiast, raising funds along the way for good causes.

Erica Crump, Partner, Bates Wells

Erica works with charities and social and creative businesses, and leads on Bates Wells’ culture and creative work. Her work predominantly covers commercial and regulatory law, and she has vast experience working in a general counsel role for her clients, such as giving advice to large charities on contracts, governance and international legal structures and partnerships. She also often works with clients to put in place charitable or hybrid structures for UK and international work, as well as negotiating the publishing of music deals where profits and royalties are paid to charity.

Erica is particularly interested in internet protocol, intellectual property and intangible assets, and how clients can use and harness these to do good and generate income. She is a trustee of Unitas Youth Zone and Stone Nest, two charities using education, culture and the arts to make a positive contribution to our society.

Patrick Dunne, Chair Boardelta, EY Foundation, ESSA

Patrick is an experienced Chair and serial social entrepreneur who has extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently Chairman of board consultancy Boardelta, the charities The EY Foundation and ESSA- Education Sub Saharan Africa as well as Chair of the oversight board for the Chartered Management Consultant. Patrick is also a trustee of the Chartered Management Institute and a former chairman of smart materials business D3O and member of the advisory boards of Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the FT NED club.

His executive experience includes 26 years in a variety of investment and management roles with 3i Group plc where, until 2012, he was Communications Director, a member of its Operating committee and Chairman of its Operational Risk forum.

Early on in his career at 3i he built a resource of over 600 experienced directors who were appointed to over 2,000 boards for 3i in 14 countries across Europe, Asia and North America. The programme he established became widely recognised as a model of adding value and a leader in best practice. As a member of the Higgs review Patrick has also played a role in shaping governance policy for UK listed companies.

The author of “Boards” and three other successful books on the subject, he has helped to establish many successful courses on board skills over the last twenty years and helped Chairman across a wide range of sectors to transform the effectiveness of their boards. Today he provides this service through Boardelta.

Patrick has a passion for education and was a member of the General Council of the University of Warwick from 2006 to 2015. He is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management, an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School and former member of Business in the Community’s education leadership group.

He also has extensive experience of developing social enterprises using venture philanthropy techniques, most notably with Leap Confronting Conflict where he is Patron and was Chairman, from 2006 to 2015, with ESSA, the EY Foundation and with Warwick in Africa which he founded in 2006. Warwick in Africa has now benefitted over 750,000 young Africans with transformed Maths and English teaching.

Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Mind

Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006. Paul is Chair of the NHS England Independent Oversight & Advisory Group, which brings together health and care leaders, and experts to oversee the current mental health long term plan for the NHS in England. He co-authored ‘Thriving at Work’ for the government, setting out how to transform mental health in workplaces.

Paul is a Commissioner at Historic England. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London, is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016.

Cecile Gillard, Company Secretarial Manager, Bates Wells

Cecile leads the Company Secretarial services at Bates Wells to support charities, social impact and commercial organisations in their effective core legal administration. She loves seeing organisations thrive and bring benefits to the wider community in which they operate.

Cecile is a Professional Affiliate of the Governance Institute and co-tutor for the Institute’s Certificate in Charity Law and Governance, a regular events contributor and has several published titles. She is also a voluntary director of a Community Interest Company which seeks to empower people to reach their potential, particularly focusing on young people and those who face particular challenges in their lives.

Andrew Hughes, Change Director, Good Governance Institute

Andrew Hughes joined the Good Governance Institute as Change Director in January 2019. He provides senior support to their work with the NHS and has a particular interest in governance in the third sector. Andrew has worked in the public, commercial, academic and third sectors. He has been an Executive Director at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and the North Staffordshire GP Federation, Chair of the Executive Group of the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Alliance, Commercial Advisor to University Hospitals of Leicester, Senior Independent Director (Non-Executive Director) at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of a STRIDE – a joint venture development company, Clinical Tutor at Warwick Medical School, and a Council Member of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. He was Planning Manager for the approved Outline Business Case for the £545m Birmingham New Hospitals Project, coordinating activities across four Government departments.

Andrew is an award-winning Project Director and has run his consultancy specialising in major capital and service change projects with a combined value above £1bn. Also, Andrew is Safeguarding Trustee and Chair of the Risk Committee at Teenage Cancer Trust, a Trustee of The Donna Louise Children’s and Young People’s Hospice, and Chair of Partners in Paediatrics. He is a Visiting Lecturer at The School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University.

Malcolm John, Founder, Action for Trustee Racial Diversity

Malcolm is a passionate advocate of social justice, particularly around equality and diversity. He is leading a campaign to increase the racial diversity of charity trustee boards across the UK, on which people from black and Asian backgrounds have been significantly under-represented. His campaign is gaining significant support. He is also currently Chair of the Young Harrow Foundation, an umbrella body set up to support charities working with children and young people in Harrow, and a trustee of the Association of Chairs, a new umbrella body supporting chairs of charities across the UK.

Previously a Vice-Chair of both Anti-Slavery International and Nacro, then the largest crime reduction charity in the UK, he led the open recruitment of new trustees. He has also worked in three government departments on policy, social and economic regeneration programmes, and in the private sector as social policy adviser to National Grid Transco.

Mandy Johnson, Founder,

Mandy is the Founder of She was named the second most influential fundraiser by the readers of ‘Fundraising’ Magazine and one of the top 25 #SocialCEOs in the UK in 2018. She has worked for a wide variety of organisations, including the Small Charities Coalition, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie,, NCT and Deloitte. Mandy sits on the Herts Funding Network Committee and is a Trustee for Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation. Mandy has a Masters in Charity Management (with a specialism in Fundraising and Marketing).

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

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.

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

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.

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

Rob Shapland is an ethical hacker, specialising in simulating advanced cyber attacks against companies, combining technical attacks with his other hobby of dressing up and tricking his way into company headquarters using social engineering techniques.

He is also a regular speaker at events and conferences around Europe and has appeared on both BBC and ITV as a cybersecurity adviser.

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

Kim has been the CEO at The Cellar Trust, a Bradford based mental health charity, since November 2014.

Kim has an MSc in Leadership and is an ILM qualified Coach. She began her career as Women’s Officer at Leeds University Union before working in a range of communications, organisational development and employee wellbeing roles in the public sector. She joined the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) following her time as Vice Chair of the Board at Leeds Women’s Aid.

Kim is Chair of the Bradford VCS Assembly which is the voice and influence structure for the sector. She represents the VCS on several key local boards, has been part of the Gold Command structure in the response of the local system to COVID-19 and is a member of the NHS England/Improvement Adults Mental Health Task Force.

Precious Sithole, Chief Executive Officer, Social Practice ENT

Precious Sithole is the founder and Chief Executive of Social Practice ENT – a not-for-profit accounting and consultancy social enterprise that is built on strong social and environmental principles.

Precious began her career working as an external auditor in Birmingham where she qualified as an ICAEW chartered accountant. As part of the audit team, she worked with a range of clients including charities, multi-academy trusts, housing associations and large corporations with group income over £500m. She then subsequently went on to work as an accounting and strategic consultant in London, before forming Social Practice ENT.

In addition to being a chartered ICAEW accountant, Precious holds a Master’s degree in Charity Management and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Precious is passionate about inclusive governance, and through Social Practice ENT, she helps charities to build racially inclusive board cultures. She also oversees the organisation’s flagship Beyond Suffrage programme – the aim of which is to increase the number of women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds serving on charity boards by 2030.

Louise Thomson FCIS, Head of Policy (Not-for-Profit) at The Chartered Governance Institute

Louise has extensive knowledge of governance issues garnered from her 20-year career in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including education and the NHS, complemented by her experience as a school governor, pension and charity trustee.

Her work has covered the development of the code of governance for charities and voluntary organisations, board training, reviews and development, research into sector governance and the production of over 100 guidance notes aimed at the sector.

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

Leon Ward is a trustee of Brook Young People, the UK's largest sex and relationships charity for young people. He is also an Ambassador for the Young Trustees Movement. Previously, Leon was a trustee of Plan UK, Interact Worldwide and Leap Confronting Conflict. He is author of the Young Trustees Guide, published in the UK to encourage the charity sector to increase the number of young trustees serving on charity boards.

Penny Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Getting on Board

Penny started her career at the Association of Charity Shops and Barnet Voluntary Service Council. She was then Head of Community Affairs at the University of Cambridge for several years, overseeing large public events like the Cambridge Science Festival and promoting volunteering by university students and staff. Most recently, she was Director of Partnerships for national charity The Brilliant Club and CEO of disability charity, Styleability.

Penny has been a trustee of several charities and is currently a trustee of the National Migraine Centre.

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