Trustee Conference breakout sessions

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In addition to the main plenary sessions, delegates have the opportunity to attend 2 breakout sessions during the Trustee Conference. Some breakout sessions will be smaller and more interactive, whilst others will follow more of a debate or lecture style.

You can attend one A breakout session and one B breakout session.

We are finalising the programme and more information about each breakout session will be available in due course. If you would like to book a place at the conference you can do so without choosing breakout sessions yet.

A1: What every trustee needs to know but was too afraid to ask

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This session offers trustees an induction and update on their duties. We will explore the current challenges facing the voluntary sector and trustee boards as well as outlining the key legal duties, regulatory responsibilities and liabilities of trustees.

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A2: The legal and regulatory landscape: An update

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This session will consider how recent legal and regulatory changes affect charity trustees in practice.

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A3: Strength in difference: Practical ways to address board diversity

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The business case for diverse boards is well established. We know that diverse boards make better decisions and create stronger, more resilient organisations. But recent research shows that charity trustee boards are even less diverse than previously thought.

Read more: A3: Strength in difference: Practical ways to address board diversity

A4: We need to talk about mergers

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One element of a board's role is to ensure its organisation's relevance and consider whether its beneficiaries are still best served by that organisation standing alone, or whether their beneficiaries can be more effectively and efficiently serviced by another means - perhaps through a network, a consortium or a merger.

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A5: Data protection: Your charity’s biggest risk?

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Charities increasingly hold significant amounts of data about individuals, whether it’s their donors and supporters, volunteers, members or beneficiaries.

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A6: Should your CEO be on the board? Different thinking about charity governance

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This session will include a debate on the advantages and disadvantages of having your CEO on the board, as well as considering payments to the board, the legal issues to consider in relation to having paid trustees, and the steps that are required if you decide you want your CEO on the board or wish to pay trustees.

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B1: Building better boards: The role of culture and ethics

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The new Charity Governance Code will be published this summer. With it comes a strong emphasis on board behaviours, integrity and team work. By using the code this session will support trustees to consider the importance of the ‘people dynamic’ in achieving good governance.

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B2: How to ask difficult questions about your charity’s finances

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As charities operate in increasingly uncertain and complex circumstances, with greater demands for oversight and scrutiny, how do trustees ensure there is appropriate financial scrutiny and decision making within their organisation?

Read more: B2: How to ask difficult questions about your charity’s finances

B4: Governance and leadership in the digital era: Using technology to improve governance and transparency

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Boards are increasingly using digital technology to improve their governance, whether by encouraging people to join or observe meetings remotely, collaborating on papers online, or using social media to listen to and engage with supporters and beneficiaries.

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B5: Impact: Beyond the report

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When it comes to your charity's projects, monitoring and evaluation is often considered the operational realm of employed staff and senior managers. This session will help to destroy this myth!

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B6: Planning for Brexit – issues your charity needs to consider going forward

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Brexit is likely to lead to some profound changes to the operating environment for charities - from potential changes to regulation, to the potential loss of funding streams and HR complications. 

Read more: B6: Planning for Brexit – issues your charity needs to consider going forward

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