Governance round-up: November 2018 – Trustees’ Week special

Happy Trustees’ Week! 12–16 November

This month’s governance roundup is focused on Trustees’ Week. The week is an annual celebration of trustees, to showcase the great work that voluntary boards do. It’s an opportunity to share resources and guidance, and to highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference at a board level. We’ll resume usual governance roundup service next month.

At NCVO we will be celebrating the contribution that trustees make by making some key resources free, and offering discounts on training and publications which relate to governance. Don’t miss out on these: check out our Trustees’ Week webpage for all the details.

We want to encourage people to become trustees so we’ll be sharing trustee profiles through social media across the week. We would love for you to share these with your networks and spread the word about how rewarding trusteeship is and how to contribute. We will also be hosting some guest blogs on trustee skills, recruitment and board diversity so look out for these across the week on the NCVO site.

New governance wheel diagnostic

As part of Trustees’ Week we are excited to be launching a revamped version of our governance wheel diagnostic tool for trustee boards. This new version links to the new Charity Governance Code published last year.

It’s a simple tool that helps trustees quickly get a sense of how well they are functioning and gives a visual impression of the shape that a board is in. The Code recommends an annual reflection on your governance and this practical NCVO resource is designed to help you do just that. Like all of our online governance resources it is free to members, and for trustees week only we have made it free to everyone!

Looking back at the NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference

In the build up to Trustees’ Week, on 5 November, we hosted our Trustee Conference. The event welcomed speakers and trustees from a wide range of organisations to discuss and debate on effective governance.

If you were unable to attend on the day then don’t worry, you can catch up on all of the discussion on the hashtag #trusteeconf. You can also view and download the conference slides from the day.

You can read how Civil Society have covered Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age’s keynote speech on the importance of culture.

We are also pleased to have captured some videos from our speakers discussing, managing board conflict, overseeing finance and transparency we will be publishing these throughout the week on Twitter and the Trustees Week webpage.


We are offering 10% off all the above courses with the code TW2018.

You might also be interested in our Introduction to PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark courses.


Dan Francis is NCVO’s senior governance consultant. For more regular updates follow @mynameisdanfran or @NCVO on Twitter.


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Avatar photo Dan is responsible for NCVO’s governance consultancy offer, focusing on governance reviews, board performance and trustee training. He joined NCVO from the National Union of Students (NUS) where, as a long standing consultant, he supported the organisational development of local students’ unions as charities.

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