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Governance round-up: November 2023

Welcome to our monthly governance round-up. This month we reflect on the learnings from Trustees’ Week 2023 and share upcoming dates for your diary.

Lessons from Trustees’ Week 2023

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in Trustees’ Week this year. We were honoured to be joined by over 370 attendees at our series of learning webinars.

The webinars explored practical implementations for trustees on a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. We were joined by expert speakers from Utility Aid, Trustees Unlimited and Atkinson HR, our sponsors for the week.

NCVO members can catch up on our Trustees’ Week webinars.

A few key lessons stand out from the week.

Trustees need varied solutions

Trustees of small charities who are trying to address the big social, environmental and governance (ESG) challenges need practical solutions.

These solutions need to be relevant and accessible to organisations that are completely volunteer-led and don’t have large assets or resources.

We have a range of free governance help and guidance which may be of interest. We also also offer governance and trusteeship consultancy.

The importance of peer support and learning

Trustees’ Week truly demonstrates the value of collaboration.

Our webinars and events brought together people from around the UK. We heard thoughtful and provoking questions and comments on how trustees can lead charities with care.

Sharing challenges and solutions makes us stronger as a sector and more equipped to face uncertainty.

If you’re interested in connecting with other trustees and governance professionals, join us at our next Governance Forum.

Impactful change takes time

During the week we explored:

  • how to create more diverse boards for stronger decision-making
  • how boards can think strategically about their charitable aims while also considering the environment.

Many of the actions proposed are highly innovative and deviate from traditional board dynamics. It can feel daunting as a trustee to take new and potentially risky steps.

It’s important to take your time, try different things and monitor and evaluate the impact of your actions. This way you’ll find out what works best for you and your organisation.

Use our strategy and evaluation guidance to help plan your approach.

Events

Training

Bespoke training

When we deliver a bespoke in-house training course we can:

  • tailor the course content to meet your needs
  • reflect your policies
  • provide opportunities for your staff and trustees to discuss challenges and issues.

If you’d like to discuss delivering any of our training courses in-house, please contact training@ncvo.org.uk or complete our online training contact form.

Online governance training

We run regular online trustee inductions and refresher courses over two half-days. We also offer courses on the following areas.

  • Fundraising responsibilities for trustees
  • Safeguarding essentials for trustees
  • Supporting good governance

eLearning induction for trustees

We offer an eLearning module for trustees.

This course gives trustees a low-cost introduction to their roles.

Member events

We hold regular member assembly and welcome events.

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