ICSA Charity Leadership Workshop to reinforce work of Trustees’ Week

London, 15 November 2017 – ICSA: The Governance Institute is holding a Charity Leadership Workshop on 8 December to help support trustees, whose vital work is the current focus of Trustees Week.  

According to Louise Thomson, Head of Policy (Not for Profit) at ICSA: “There are approximately 700,000 trustees in England and Wales, which is a sizeable number of volunteers needing help and guidance to support the charities that they serve. Trustees Week rightly highlights the vital role that trustees play in making the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. Our role is to provide them with the tools that they might need to help make the important decisions that the charities they serve invariably need.”

Taking place at ICSA’s Farringdon offices in London, the workshop will provide trustees, executives and governance professionals with an opportunity to discuss some of the core issues currently dominating the sector, including how to identify destructive personalities in the boardroom, improve trustee oversight and balance risk and reward.

Chaired by Ben Brice, Legal Director (Charities), Blake Morgan LLP and Chair, Cancer Support UK, the workshop will focus on the following key areas:

  • Hubris: checks and balances – Eugene Sadler-Smith, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of Surrey Business School and Lead, the Hubris Project will discuss how to effectively manage ego and hubris at executive and trustee level
  • Influence on the board – Mark Harvey, Consultant, Charles Russell Speechlys will look at how to address the balance between engaging with stakeholders and not allowing them to have undue influence on board matters
  • Dealing with problem trustees – Sarah O’Grady, Governance Consultant and Mediator will consider what options charities have when a problem trustee causes the board to become less effective
  • Case study: winding up a charity – Tim Carter, Partner, Stevens & Bolton LLP will look at various things to be considered including how to dispose of assets and the role of the trustees
  • Balancing risk and reward – Shane Brennan, CEO, Staywell will discuss how boards can learn to embrace risk to improve outcomes and maximise impact.

More information about the support that ICSA can provide to trustees, including access to free guidance, training and books can be found at www.icsa.org.uk/charityresources

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