Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize

The Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize for best practice in charity governance has been established by NCVO in honour of the work done by Lady Winifred Tumim, chair of NCVO from 1996-2001, to improve the quality of charity governance.

By using the Good Governance code as a tool to self-evaluate performance, the charity has affirmed a clearer and more inspiring future for itself.
CERTA, previous finalist

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend the NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference (7 November 2016) free of charge where the winners will be announced at the evening drinks reception.

Entry criteria

Entrants must:

  • be able to demonstrate, through the application process, how they have improved the effectiveness of their governance and delivered greater public benefit as a charity in line with Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector
  • be a charity based in England (even if your organisation operates across the UK, your headquarters must be based in England)
  • cover work carried out during the period April 2015 to March 2016.

Entries are welcome from charities of any size and decisions will be made based on their achievements irrespective of the resources expended.

Entrants can use the 2005 edition of the code or the 2010 edition aimed at smaller organisations.

The judges will assess all entries received and will use the Code as a framework for their decision making. This year they are particularly interested in entries which show how the skills and diversity of the board have been improved.

How to enter

Applications for this year have now closed. The winner will be announced at the NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference.

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The Steering Group for Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector will act as the judging panel with the Independent Chair of the Code Steering Group leading.


2015 winners

1st Prize - S.A.L.V.E. International - a British and Ugandan based charity working to get children off the streets in the Jinja district, eastern Uganda. The judges were impressed with their improvements to both the efficiency of their board meetings as well as their in–country relationships and oversight of operations in Uganda.

2nd prize – The Ekta Project - a local charity in Newham that provides befriending and support services to Elders. Awarded for the trustee's commitment and dogged determination in the face of severe funding cuts to maintain their mission but adapt the organisation's strategy and operations.

3rd prize - The Parent House - a community charity based in Islington that provides opportunities, support and courses for parents with few or no qualifications. The panel liked their commitment to board renewal through both training and development of their trustees and improved trustee recruitment.


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