Governance Weekly for 31st August

The weekly roundup from VANEL on good governance, charity trusteeship and non-profit leadership. News, information, resources and ideas. Complemented by our monthly “View from the Top” e-newsletter (Trustee Network members only), our “aboutgovernance” online discussion space for leaders and trustees and our @aboutgovernance Twitter feed.

It’s time for the monthly governance news roundup from NCVO. Read their August blog post here. Highlights: Data protection law reform – are you ready? New Charity Governance Code. Winifred Tumim Prize – win £1K. Changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice., and an update from the Charity Commission. Have a read.

How many young(er) Trustees do you have on your board or committee? Chances are not many. Getting younger people involved in governance is a important trend currently and I’ve just read this article from CASE Insurance entitled “The Rise of the Young, Digital Trustee”. It’s a personal perspective on why young, digital volunteers can make a difference on ageing boards and can make a real difference for charities going through their digital transformation projects. Have a read here.

As a Trustee or as a board you may not be the ones writing and submitting funding applications for your charity. So this might not directly apply to you. But oversight of the funding applications you collectively make and ensuring they are the best they can possibly be certainly is part of your role. So this article on the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network is worth a read. It shares advice on the best ways to get your own funding application to the ‘top of the pile’. Always useful to get this sort of advice, so have a read here.

Governance Training from VANEL

A quick reminder of up and coming training dates to share with your fellow Trustees and your board:

September 2017
Tue 5 Sept – “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees
10am – 12noon

Tue 5 Sept – “Finances for non-financial Trustees
2pm – 4pm

Fri 15 Sept – “Trustees are Volunteers too
10am – 12noon

Wed 27 Sept – “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees
2pm – 4pm

October 2017
Tue 17 Oct – “Improving Inductions
10am – 12noon

Any of these training sessions can also be scheduled specifically for your own board at a time of your choosing. Just get in touch to have a conversation.

The VANEL Trustees Network

Our Trustee Network has existing in one form or another for many years now. Some years we’ve had a formal training and meeting programme. One year we had regular ‘Tea and Trustees’ get togethers. Due to lack of funding we’ve been quiet for the past year or so, but on 1st September a new version of our Network starts up online.

The Network is a way for Trustees and Committee Members to get support from us at VANEL and from other like minded Trustees. It’s a network of your peers that meets online in a private website (

There is a daily blog with ideas, information and resources. It provides you with a way to get involved in discussions about these daily articles or to ask your own questions, make suggestions, propose ideas, answer other people and generally get involved in improving yourself and your board with other Trustees.

The VANEL Trustee Network is ONLY open to those involved in the management or governance of VANEL Member or Friend organisations. If your organisation is in membership of VANEL then you can join in the Network for free. If your organisation is not a member then you have two options – individual membership (£15 per year) or get your organisation to connect to VANEL for £25 per year for the whole committee/board to get involved.

To get started either contact and I’ll set you up an account on the website or register yourself on the site (after which I’ll have to authorise your access and let you in!)

More news from the Network on a weekly basis from now on in “Governance Weekly”, but you need to be joined up to get involved in the conversation and make the most of the resources.

More news next week…

Karl Elliott, Development Manager / 01472 287548 – for an overview of our resources and information – for the Trustee Network blog and information – our Governance blog – private discussion space for trustees