Tackling poverty in Milton Keynes

I’m honoured to have been appointed a Trustee of Milton Keynes Community Foundation this year.  Our ‘Vital Signs‘ report highlights the strengths and challenges for Milton Keynes and a key issue for us is poverty.  On 28th March we held a workshop to explore how the voluntary and community sector in Milton Keynes can work together to address the challenge.  There was some really useful and innovative thinking and it was good to meet people from around the sector.  I am looking forward to seeing progress on the issue going forward.

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.

Inspirational Stories of Governance

Inspirational Stories Panel Discussion

Trustees Week, celebrating the role of trustees and championing best practice in governance, was officially launched at the annual NCVO / BWB Trustee Conference at The Brewery in London on the 10 November.

I was delighted to be a part of the afternoon keynote panel addressing ‘Inspirational Stories of Governance’.

I was struck by the title and drawn to consider why governance is inspiring.  Excellence in governance may help us preserve the past – an organisation considered a ‘national treasure’ for instance – and it may help us to serve our beneficiaries well in the present.  But in the end, for me, it has to be because it can help us create a better future.

As I said on the day, it may sound grandiose but a better future for the human race is what I’m in it for.  And listening to the others on the panel and to audience members, I certainly found their stories inspiring!