Governance round-up: May 2019

Scheme of delegation new templates

We are pleased to launch a new set of templates as part of our board basics resources. These are designed to help you implement best practice as outlined in the charity governance code. The latest addition to our growing set of templates are three different approaches to developing a scheme of delegation.

These documents provide a reference showing what authority the board has delegated to committees, other volunteers or staff under the powers of the governing document.  It indicates where further details of the delegations may be found. The Scheme of delegation empowers and enables timely and effective action by volunteers and staff working in partnership for the benefit of the charity and its beneficiaries. It also establishes an appropriate level of delegation from the board of trustees so that there is effective input into decision-making.  It also ensures that trustees are able to fulfil their legal and constitutional duties, through levers which enable them to delegate, monitor and if necessary, withdraw the delegated authority if it is considered in the interests of the charity and its beneficiaries.

It is important that a board regularly reviews its delegations. Developing a scheme of delegation should be something which is done in partnership with your trustees and signed off by the board as a whole. Adding the review to your cycle of business is a sensible way to make sure trustees know and agree with what has been delegated.

As an NCVO member you can access the scheme of delegation templates and other board basics by logging onto our knowhow website.

Time to ditch the AGM?

Acevo has said that it has plans to ditch its annual general meeting (AGM) and intends to replace it with a digital event to enable its members to hold its leadership to account. In Vicky Browning’s blog on the topic, the CEO of Acevo, she explores alternative ways to engage members and allow for organisational scrutiny.

It’s worth any organisation with a wide company law membership who struggle to reach quorum at their AGM’s considering whether they can reinvigorate membership and develop the AGM to be more than just an administrative business meeting. Or,  if alternative approaches to member engagement might provide better scrutiny and oversight of the charities leadership.

In the news

Oxfam safeguarding report

Oxfam has published its progress report on global safeguarding following the Haiti scandal last year alongside a 10 point plan. The report reveals that it received 294 safeguarding reports across Oxfam’s group of 19 affiliated charities in the year to March 2019. Disciplinary action was taken in 79 cases and 43 people were dismissed.

Trustee ordered to repay £200,000

Civil society has reported on the story that a trustee at Nottinghamshire Miners’ Home has been ordered to pay £200,000 compensation after a commission inquiry confirmed they spent charity funds on private building works.

Bates Wells training on facilitation

Bates Wells have launched a course focused on advanced facilitation skills. These are increasingly becoming a core competency for leaders, managers, consultants, coaches, trainers and others who work with boards. Their hope is that this will allow leaders to increase their influence and ensure sustainable results.

Training and Events

Governance training

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

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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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