Governance weekly for 12th January

The weekly roundup from VANEL on good governance, charity trusteeship and non-profit leadership. News, information, resources and ideas. Complemented by our “aboutgovernance” online discussion space for leaders and trustees and our @aboutgovernance Twitter feed.

An interesting read to get you started this week. An article from the Clore Social Leadership blog, “So who runs this show? Shared leadership and good governance”. Is it the Chair of Trustees or the CEO who really ‘runs’ an organisation? Have a read of the article here to see what you think.

Issue 59 of the Charity Commission news is just out. Read it here. Every registered charity should be receiving it automatically. Do you and all your fellow trustees share it and read it? Make sure you subscribe and keep up to date.

Opportunity for younger leaders to get up to speed with Trustee skills

If you are aged 18-30 and think you’d like to get involved as a trustee or on the board of a committee (or you know someone like this) then the IGNITE Steering Group is currently recruiting new members. This is a peer and mentor supported, training ground for you to learn the ropes before you do the legal bits to sign up for a full charity trustee role. Get in touch if you think you’d like to find out more.  Either contact me (Karl) or Victoria Russell in the IGNITE team (

More reading:

Did you read through the daily thoughts at as they were being published? If not, they are still available here and worth a read. As leaders of your charity it’s worth making sure you think differently – standing still these days is not really an option. So have a look at these 30 challenging thoughts.

Governance and Leadership magazine – a request

The latest edition of the printed magazine from Civil Society – “Governance and Leadership” is just out. Here’s an overview. We don’t subscribe to this, so I wondered if any of our member organisations receive it and could provide me with a review of the publication, their thoughts on the content and the value of it to their board and to share their thoughts on the latest content.  If you want to get in touch with me ( / 361043) I’d be grateful.

Charity Commission update

Please read the latest regulatory update from the Charity Commission regarding safeguarding here.

Governance Training from VANEL


We have a number of courses scheduled and all the details are Download the flyer containing the details of all the GOVERNANCE and TRUSTEESHIP training here.. The courses include:

“Could you be a Trustee?” Suited to people thinking of becoming a trustee for the first time

“Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees” for those who are new into the role (or need to be brought back up to speed)

“Finances for non-financial trustees” because every trustee needs to know something about the financial health of their charity

“Better Boards: using the Code to review and improve your governance” for individual trustees and the whole board to learn how to improve and develop good practice in your governance approach

And “Technology for Trustees” because the level of benefit being gained from the digital and technical revolution within charities is still extremely poor.

And finally – GDPR (again)

This one isn’t going away for a while yet, and I’ll be covering it in some way every week now.  The new GDPR comes in on 25th May 2018 so the clock is ticking for you (and all companies, social enterprises, charities and groups) to get their head around GDPR to ensure they are compliant with the new rules.  Data Protection should now be ‘designed in’ to everything your organisation does.  And it’s the board of trustees who need to be taking responsibility for this work.

For now, here’s a recent update: the ICO have just published “General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) FAQs for charities”. You can access these FAQ’s here

Watch this space for further information.

As always, more governance news from next week.

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