Governance Weekly for 6th October

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.

The NCVO monthly Governance roundup for September is out on the NCVO blog. Read it just here. This month there’s some comment about the continuing saga with Kids Company governance, information about quicker conversions to CIOs, comments about the Lobbying Act and some news from the Charity Commission. Have a quick read.

National Trustees’ Week is getting closer. This year it is 13th-19th November and VANEL will be organising relevant activities during the week. That week is also the NCVO Trustees Conference down in London and I’ll be reporting at and after the event to share national headlines around trusteeship and governance good practices. Later in the week – on Wednesday the 15th VANEL will hold a “Governance Challenge Workshop” at our offices when any trustee/committee member from our Member or Friend organisations is welcome to come along to look at current challenges around voluntary sector governance, best practices, approaches, support and future thinking. More details over the next few weeks. Place will be limited and booking required (free to attend). Speak to me (Karl) for more information.

So keep an eye out for information about Trustees’ Week as it gets closer.

I’m always talking about how Trustee Boards/Committees need to lead their organisations to understand and benefit from digital technologies. So again here is a recent article on the Guardian Voluntary Sector Leadership Network which shares a new Digital Maturity Tool that you can/should use to review where your organisation sits with its digital skills.

Read the article here, and find out all about the Digital Maturity Tool here. So what is it? The Third Sector Digital Maturity Matrix is a free tool developed by the Digital Team at Breast Cancer Care to assess the current maturity of a not-for-profit organisation’s digital capability, compared with its desired target state. Through a simple self-assessment, you can understand where your organisation needs to invest to reach digital excellence.

I’m about to run through the tool myself for VANEL and I think it’s well worth all charities having a go to decide what actions would be relevant to improve their own digital capabilities. Take a look.

More news next week…

Karl Elliott, Development Manager
karl@vanel.org.uk / 01472 287548
www.vanel.org.uk/governance – for an overview of our resources and information
www.vanel.org.uk/trustees – for the Trustee Network blog and information
www.theviewfromthetop.org.uk – our Governance blog
www.vanel.org.uk/aboutgovernance – private discussion space for trustees
@aboutgovernance