How smaller charities can benefit from interim leadership

Interim CEO posts can be a high-impact and effective use of resources for small-to-medium charities, but the opportunities are sometimes disregarded by smaller organisations due to the higher costs of skilled interim leaders. It may come from a somewhat biased …

Managing your stress in a charity role

I was running a strategic planning course recently and invited everyone to introduce themselves. One attendee described the organisation she chaired, which was a place for relaxing, stress-free, simple holidays. The entire room of stressed-out, overworked and tired charity staff …

Setting your values as a charity – how and why it matters

It may be seen as just one step in the branding or strategic planning journey, but setting a charity’s values are of central importance and should be taken seriously. Why? Because a charity’s values set out what it prioritises. It …

In Celebration of Charity Chairs

No, I don’t really mean the thing you sit on. I mean the person who leads the Board and oversees and supports the CEO. I’ve worked with a number of Charity Chairs in my time – yes, a minority who …

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 …