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28th Annual Charity Governance Seminar

Thursday 10th October, 2019 |
Hilton Hotel, Leeds

£90 per person (inc VAT)

The seminar is suitable for senior executives of charities and charity trustees.  It will provide an insight into a range of topical issues that concern charities.


Registration and coffee

Welcome and introduction

Malcolm Lynch

Implementing change – lessons learnt

Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive, RSPCA

Value led governance

Pamela Ball, Governance Lead and Associate, Do-Well

Break for tea and coffee

Breakout 1A: Safeguarding – getting it right, raising standards and regaining trust

Using recent high profile cases as examples, this interactive session will look at what your charity needs to do to meet its safeguarding obligations under charity law, so as to ensure that all those who come into contact with your charity are properly protected.

Breakout 1B: Has your charity reached the investment ‘tipping point’?

In 2018, Aberdeen Standard Capital commissioned research from the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, to look at the barriers trustees face when approaching the transition from holding cash to starting to invest. This practical workshop provides an overview of this research and gives delegates an opportunity to explore how their boards can be supported in considering whether to invest.

Breakout 1C: Maintaining harmony (and what to do when you can’t)

Unfortunately, relationships in charities do occasionally break down, sometimes irretrievably, which can cause immense stress both at an emotional and operational level. This interactive workshop will consider ways of avoiding the deterioration of trustee relationships from the outset, as well as considering practical steps to consider if things do go wrong.


Lunch with an opportunity to raise questions and network with other delegates.

Breakout 2A: Equality Act 2010

Equality and diversity are talked about a lot, and diversity is one of the pillars of good governance for charities. When does the Equality Act apply? What does the law require? Can you ever legally discriminate? This interactive workshop will give delegates the opportunity to ask questions and to share experiences with other delegates.

Breakout 2B: Data subject access requests: the essential guide

A sharp increase in the use of data subject access requests as a tactic for disgruntled beneficiaries, employees and others to obtain information from charities, is having a corresponding impact on costs and compliance for charities. This workshop will look at the legal obligations on charities to supply information, key steps to take following receipt of data subject access requests, and common pitfalls to be avoided.

Breakout 2C: Charity Governance Code

In this workshop we will discuss the revised Charity Governance Code and the Charity Ethical Principles and how you can use them to develop high standards of governance in your charity.

Break for afternoon tea

Roundup and general update

Sylvie Nunn

Closing remarks

Malcolm Lynch


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