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Governance round-up: September 2022

This month, NCVO’s lead governance consultant Dan Francis shares our plans for Trustees’ Week and explores our wider support offer for trustees.

Trustees' Week

Running from 7–11 November, Trustees’ Week is an annual event showcasing the great work of the 700,000 volunteer trustees who support charities in England and Wales.

This year we’re focusing our activity on the importance of trustees’ continuous learning and development. Throughout the week, we’ll be joined by a range experts, practitioners and trustees from across the sector for a series of specialist webinars on governance and trusteeship. Our Trustees’ Week partners are also hosting a range of exciting events across the week.

In our webinars, we’ll examine some of the key issues boards face and help you learn how to lead through changing times. Registration is free and attendees will receive the resources from our full Trustees' Week webinar series.

We’re grateful to our partners, in particular Trustee Unlimited and Withers, for helping to make this programme possible.

Support with strategic planning

As organisations emerge from the demands of the pandemic into a cost of living crisis, many of the trustee boards we work with have been asking if their established strategies and plans are still fit for purpose.

The pace of change together with operational pressures can make it challenging for trustees to find the time and capacity to think strategically. Boards and senior staff can instead, understandably, focus on the pressure of sustainability and shorter-term horizons.

If charities are to successfully navigate these challenges, the need for clear strategic thinking and good decision-making processes could not be more important. We provide a range of support for charities to draw on, whatever your size or budget.

Dan Francis is NCVO’s lead governance consultant. For more regular updates follow @mynameisdanfran or @NCVO on Twitter.

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