Rewarding good governance

It was my very great pleasure and honour once again to present an award at the Charity Governance Awards on Wednesday, 24th May. The event was held in the imposing and beautiful Clothworkers Hall in the City. This year, my fellow judges and I judged one category: Managing Turnaround. The level of dedication and commitment of the Trustees in each of the entries was quite phenomenal. The winner was Off The Record from Bristol, a mental health service and movement for children and young people aged 11-25 who live in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.  You can read the story of their turnaround here.

Judging the Inaugural Charity Governance Awards

Charity Governance Award

I was delighted to present the “Board Diversity and Inclusion Award” at the Charity Governance Awards ceremony on the 12 May 2016 to Leap Confronting Conflict, a charity that works with young people to manage conflict and to reduce violence in communities.


This inaugural award recognises excellent governance and true commitment to diversity. Nominees were judged on their efforts to attract a broad range of trustees and then support trustees to participate fully, along with a broader culture which welcomes different opinions. The well-deserved winner, Leap, is led by young people’s passion and insight, and has high standards of governance and board scrutiny.


Hosted by The Clothworkers’ Company in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital, Prospectus and Reach, the event was held in the City of London’s lovely historic Clothworkers’ Hall. It opened with a thought provoking keynote speech by BBC broadcaster and journalist, Edward Stourton.


A great evening and wonderful opportunity to shine a spotlight on challenging diversity issues within the Charity sector

A Night to Remember… CBE Celebration

Dr Alice Maynard CBEThank you to all those that joined me this week to celebrate, rather belatedly, my CBE at the Foundling Museum in Coram’s Fields, London.


I had a wonderful time and the evening served to remind me how privileged I am to have such an amazing collection of interesting friends, colleagues and supporters. It gave me a real buzz looking around the room and seeing everybody enjoying lively conversations, renewing old acquaintances and making new ones. So thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to share a bit of mine, I am grateful.


Lastly thank you to the Foundling Museum with its fascinating heritage and warm welcome for providing the perfect backdrop for the party and to Lime Events for the excellent catering service.


For me, it was definitely a night to remember.


Once in a Lifetime Experience…

Collecting CBE

On Tuesday the 19 May 2015 I had the honour of receiving my CBE from Prince William at Windsor Castle. It was a wonderful experience, made even more special by the staff whose genuine warmth and kindness was tremendous. And the mini tour of the Staterooms was an added bonus.


The response to my CBE has been overwhelming and I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to colleagues, friends and family. You made it possible for me through your unswerving support – so thank you very much!