Charity Governance Conference

Maintaining purpose, making a difference


Friday, 8 March 2019


Sector: £245 +VAT
Non-sector: £340 +VAT


ICSA, Saffron House, London


Charity Checklists 2nd edition

8 March 2019 | ICSA, Saffron House, London


The past year has been a challenging time for charities after a number of high-profile scandals. The Charity Commission has continued to appeal to the sector to invest in promoting integrity and ethical values within organisations in order to win back public trust.

To engage with these challenges effectively, charities are being encouraged to review their governance arrangements in order to assure themselves and others that their organisational culture supports their mission, vision and values. This conference will be examining core governance principles as well as a variety of recent developments in the sector.



09.30 Registration and tea/coffee

Opening remarks

Cecile Gillard, Company Secretarial Manager, Bates Wells Braithwaite


Charity Governance Code: application and effectiveness; what are the challenges?

The Charity Governance Code, which replaced the good Governance Code in July 2017, is an essential guideline to ensure that appropriate governance standards and continuous improvement are met by charities. A year and a half after its release, RSM is analysing its adoption rate, quality and effectiveness. In this session we will share some of their preliminary results.

Nick Sladden, Head of Charities and Independent Schools, RSM UK Audit


Achieving a fully diverse board

Whilst regulators and the government have paid particular attention to improving gender and ethnic representation on charity boards, it is worth considering what other factors could improve the psychology of a board. In this session we will look at diversity of thought in the boardroom and the benefits that a fully diverse board can bring.


How to organise effective meetings

Organising meetings that support and enable high-functioning boards can be quite challenging. Setting the agenda, circulating papers, keeping board members engaged and moderating discussions effectively, are only some of the things to bear in mind. Here we will discuss some of the key techniques to run an effective board meeting.


Networking and coffee break


Merger or collaboration? Exploring ways for charities to work together

Although there are several positive examples of charities joining forces, getting it right can be tricky. In this session we will explore some of the different ways in which charities can work together to achieve common goals.

Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications, Charity Commission


Leading by example: modern slavery and supply chain governance

Although most charities will not have to comply with the Modern Slavery Act, the Secretary of State has said that it is one of the top priorities on the UK government’s agenda. As organisations with strong ethical values, charities should look at how they might go about implementing the “four Ps” pursue, prevent, protect and prepare. Here, we will discuss what charities can do to assure themselves of an ethical supply chain.

Andrew Wallis OBE, CEO, Unseen


Networking Lunch

14.00 Case study

Embracing the digital revolution

Keeping up with the digital advances can be quite overwhelming, however adopting them can be massively beneficial. What are the onboarding challenges that charities need to overcome? How can technology help them in achieving their goals? In this session we will discuss what charities need to consider in order to embrace and benefit from the digital revolution.

Jonathan Chevallier, CEO, Tech Trust

15.10 Closing keynote address

Final remarks and summing up

Cecile GillardCompany Secretarial Manager, Bates Wells Braithwaite

15.45 Close of conference

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


Andrew Wallis, CEO, Unseen

Andrew Wallis is CEO of anti-slavery organisation Unseen, which provides safe housing and other services for survivors of trafficking, runs the Modern Slavery Helpline, and works with businesses and others in the eradication of slavery. Andrew chaired the landmark Centre for Social Justice report ‘It Happens ere’, widely acknowledged as the catalyst for the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015, which he also advised on the development of. He was awarded an OBE that year. The job has presented him with challenges as diverse as building flat-pack furniture for Unseen’s first safe house, to advising global businesses on how to address slavery in supply chains. He has been described as ‘the loveliest disrupter you could hope to meet'.

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