Make the most of Trustees’ Week

ICSA is proud to support charity trustees in achieving the highest standards of governance

Trustees’ Week is dedicated to the fantastic work of the country’s charity trustees, with events across the country celebrating the contribution of this vital role. There are just over one million trustees in the UK and they play an integral part in the success and sustainability of their charities. Trustee’s Week also represents an opportunity to encourage more people to get involved and make a difference.

As a proud partner of Trustees’ Week, ICSA: The Governance Institute offers many valuable tools and resources to assist trustees in understanding their governance and legal duties, and how they can have a positive impact on the charity they serve. These are all available from our dedicated charity resource hub.

One of the resources ICSA offers to help trustees understand their duties and make decisions in a considered, sound and accountable manner is its series of guidance notes, including the new ‘How to build a charity board assurance framework’ and ‘Charity trustee recruitment’, and updated advice on ‘Charity trustee standards for governance and leadership.

ICSA is also running its new Charity Leadership Workshop on 8 December. This will focus on the theme of ‘Improving board effectiveness’ and will discuss the value of good governance, provide attendees with an opportunity to share ideas, gain valuable knowledge, benchmark processes and find solutions to some of the more complex governance challenges faced by organisations in the sector.

Trustees should welcome the opportunity to review their performance and learn new skills as a charity can only deliver its stated aims if its board is capable of leading it to do so. ICSA also offers a wealth of professional development resources include one-day training courses focusing on ‘Essential Charity Governance’ and ‘The Role of the Charity Secretary’, alongside its series of charity books, including titles such as How to Run a Charity and Charity Law and Governance: A Practical Guide.

Being a trustee is not an easy role. It means providing leadership, governance and complying with a complex hybrid of law and regulation. ICSA’s ‘Certificate in Charity Law and Governance’ may be a useful tool for this. The course is designed to identify the skills needed and supports a sound understanding of the principles and practice of charity governance and legal regulation for registered and unregistered charities. Successful completion of the course leads to a qualification and is delivered via distance learning to fit around other commitments. Supported by The Chartered Secretaries’ Charitable Trust, ICSA are also able to offer a bursary of 50% off the course fee. The deadline for bursary applications is 1 December 2017 and more information is available on the website.

Trustees’ Week is an opportunity for those of you leading our country’s charities to take stock and consider what you want to achieve in the next year. It also offers a chance to reflect on any possible skills-gaps or areas where you or other members of your board may benefit from training or refreshing your knowledge. Explore ICSA’s available resources and continue to make the most of Trustees’ Week. 

Nilofar Humayun is a marketing executive at ICSA: The Governance Institute

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