Sharing Experiences at the Annual Trustee Exchange

On the 21 April I was honoured to be asked to share my experiences as Chair of Scope at Civil Society Media’s eighth annual Trustee  Exchange at America Square Conference Centre in London.  My keynote speech charted the ups and downs of steering governance through a period of rapid change post 2008.


No matter how turbulent the internal or external environment, a Chair needs to ensure the Keynote Speakerorganisation is fulfilling its purpose and serving all its beneficiaries.  I believe that during uncertain times and rapid change it is even more important for the Board to hang onto the organisation’s Vision, Mission and Values – and a key role for the incumbent Chair is to support the Board to hold its nerve in the midst of ambiguity and uncertainty in order to deliver the Mission, in accordance with the Values, eyes focused firmly on the Vision.


However, the challenge for the outgoing Chair, who no longer has any influence or standing (and rightly so), is to trust the Board will continue doing just that, regardless of its changing circumstances.

Judging at the Disability Smart Awards

December 15th will see the winners announced for this year’s much anticipated Business Disability Forum Disability Smart Awards at an event hosted by HSBC in London.

Disability Smart Awards

As Chair of the panels judging a number of categories I am heartened to see not only large organisations but smaller ones too becoming more ‘disability smart’ and mainstreaming positive practice in both culture and strategy.

In particular, I was impressed with the holistic approach to customers’ needs and the way in which new technologies are being exploited to provide inclusive services.

Sincere congratulations to all the entrants – it was a hard job deciding between them all!

The Accountability of Finance Directors

‘Finance Directors wear many different hats and are often drivers for change. They also play an important role in accountability and transparency.’  CFG

This was my brief at last week’s CFG Annual Conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.  I was delighted to be able share my perspective on what I would expect from Finance professionals as Chair of a Board.

I and my co-presenters enjoyed a lively debate with the audience on the accountability of finance professionals in the charity sector in our morning workshop.