Essential Charity Governance

A one-day course for charity secretaries, governance professionals, trustees or stakeholders. 9am - 4.30pm. Central London.

Next course: 6 December 2018
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If you need any further assistance or advice, please call +44 (0)20 7580 4741 or contact us


Working for a charity offers unique opportunities and rewards. But there can also be challenges. In particular the responsibility for good governance and compliance, which can feel overwhelming.

But it need not. Kirsty Semple is a Chartered Secretary who has worked with charities for more than ten years. Benefit from her expertise – and develop your own – with this essential course.

What you get

By the end of the day you will have:

  • A practical understanding of key governance frameworks and regulations
  • The ability to apply these to your charity or organisation
  • A detailed knowledge of the Charity Governance code
  • Down-to-earth advice on compliance and best practice
  • (including charity board effectiveness, appointments, risk management and accountability. See Full Programme for more.)
  • Tools to assess your current practices and suggest improvements

You will also receive:

  • A Delegate Pack containing notes and presentation slides
  • An ICSA Certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription of ICSA (see below)
  • 6 hours credit towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your complimentary 6-month Professional Subscription

We support our attendees long after they complete the course. Your professional subscription includes a subscription to G+C Magazine, as well as access to briefings, discounts and our knowledge base.


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9:00   Registration & tea/coffee

9:30   Charity governance: the background

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What is corporate governance, and how does it apply to charities? The history of corporate governance Governance principles and approaches Proportionate governance Behavioural governance. Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector

11:00   Tea/coffee

11:15   Governance framework

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  • Governance structures
  • Principles of delegation
  • Governance and management
  • Boards and Committees
  • Alternatives models of governance

12:00   Board effectiveness

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  • Appointment of board members
  • Board performance review
  • Information and decision making
  • Making meetings effective
  • Alternatives models of governance

12:45   Lunch

13:45   Board Behaviour

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  • Induction; training; and skills
  • Resolving conflict
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Probity

15:00 Tea/coffee

15:15   Control and risk management

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  • Regulatory requirements
  • Internal controls and risk management


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  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • The role of members
  • Reporting and communications with stakeholders
  • Transparency

Next steps and governance reviews

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  • Reviewing your charity’s governance
  • What is the right governance for your charity?
  • Getting trustees onside

16:30 Close

Course leader

Kirsty Semple

Kirsty is a Chartered Secretary in Public Practice and director of Semple Associates Ltd, formed in 2001. Specialising in corporate governance and compliance, she has provided consultancy, training and support to the boards of a number of voluntary sector organisations for ten years.

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£550 + VAT (Delegate rate)
£490 + VAT (Charity rate)

Next course: 6 December 2018
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Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


Later dates are yet to be confirmed

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   Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS

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