Early warning signs of a failing Trustee Board

Working with many small-to-medium charities across the country, I meet many inspiring Trustees who are doing amazing work, often in challenging situations. I also come across many charities where things have gone badly wrong. This may be directly connected to …

How to navigate a charity crisis

In recent months, I’ve supported and advised two non-profit organisations facing major crises, and it got me thinking about some of the common themes and priorities in charity crises. Charities are not well designed for crisis management. In such situations, …

The Case for Trustee Appraisals

I work with Trustee Boards around the country – and I’ve been the CEO of two charities – and I’m often surprised by continued resistance to the idea of Trustee appraisals: Some fear it will discourage people from becoming Trustees. …

Employing Trustees – navigating the minefield

So… can a Trustee become an employee of a charity? The answer, like so many things in the charity world, is not a simple one. A recent conversation with a charity Trustee revealed that they thought Trustees could become employees …

The Presidents Club: a scandal with lessons for all Trustees

The ongoing Presidents Club Charitable Trust scandal will strike most Trustees across the country as something that could never happen to them. It is sordid and hugely embarrassing for all involved: how could they not see this coming? But, all …

Getting started on your CSR journey

Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, is becoming increasingly important for SMEs, but it can sometimes seem confusing or overwhelming to know how to get started. The world’s largest companies boast CSR teams who deliver major programmes throughout their supply chain. …

Why Trustees cannot ignore diversity

Put simply, diversity matters. Diversity is important in charities of all sizes, including the small ones. Without it, the quality of your decision-making is not going to be good enough. Your leadership will not be convincing or persuasive. And, your …