Masterclass: Exec / Non-Exec relationships in the Third Sector


I was delighted recently to lead a governance masterclass at the three-day AMEX Leadership Academy hosted by Common Purpose.common-purpose-logo

Held at the wonderfully welcoming Wallacespace in London, the one hour masterclass session was informal and interactive. It provided an opportunity for future leaders in the Third Sector to come together and focus on governance, and in particular how to address the divide between Executive and Non-Executive board members.

All-in-all, a dynamic session which I thoroughly enjoyed.

How to Balance the Roles of Chair and CEO

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On 20th September, along with the Chair of Community Action:MK Sheila Thornton, I was delighted to present at a joint event in Milton Keynes. This Association of Chairs (AoC) and CA:MK event was sponsored by Grant Thornton and hosted in a large and airy meeting room at Spinal Injuries Association HQ.

Entitled ‘A Quality Double Act’ the focus of the evening was to better understand the differences in the roles of the Chair and the CEO, and importantly how to achieve a balance between the two. We also explored the key challenges organisations are facing at the moment.

This event provided a great opportunity for local Chairs and Vice-chairs as well as executive staff of non-profit organisations to learn more of the work of the AoC, the resources they provide to support Chairs, and the resources available locally to non-profits. Click here to find out more about the AOC.


Transport for London (TfL) Board Appointment


I am delighted to have been appointed as a member of the new Mayor’s Board of Transport for London (TfL). It is a real honour.

Working alongside the new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and the Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, I am looking forward to the challenge of delivering the best possible transport system for London for all users.

My new colleagues on the Board have an impressive range of skills and experience and I welcome the opportunity of working alongside them.



Developing new NICE Guidelines for Adult Social Care


I’m privileged to be chairing the newly formed committee that will develop NICE guidelines on improving the experience of people using adult social care services, in conjunction with the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.  The guidelines will make evidence-based recommendations on how to improve adults’ experiences of social care services; these will apply to all settings where care is delivered (people’s own homes, residential care and community settings).

For people who use social care, the way in which it is delivered – how we experience it – can make the difference between just existing from day to day and living as full a life as possible. That’s why I am looking forward to helping those who deliver social care and those who use it to understand what good looks like and what we can expect.

The scope of the project has been finalised and we are now calling for evidence until 30 March 2016. So watch this space!

For project information or to register as a stakeholder please see

A Fresh Prespective for the Board

British Lung Foundation logo On Tuesday 24th November I was invited to speak to the Board of the British Lung Foundation, a charity that funds vital research to save and improve the lives of people with lung disease.

At their ‘away day’ in London, we spoke about the importance of good governance and the vital role they have as trustees in upholding the organisation’s vision and embedding good governance across the organisation.

As an objective outsider I enjoy adding a fresh perspective and giving insight into different approaches that organisations can take to model their values, enhance their performance and deliver the mission.


Talk to Emerging Leaders

Leadership talk at Windsor Leadership TrustOn the 17 November I was invited to share some of my leadership experiences with a group of leaders at St George’s House in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The event was hosted by the Windsor Leadership Trust, a charity that aims to inspire the leaders of today and tomorrow to transform themselves, their organisation and society for the better.


The evident enthusiasm and talent of this group of emerging leaders was energising. One of my key messages was the importance of knowing ourselves as leaders and embracing our strengths (as well as finding those who can balance out our weaknesses!), so we are better able to achieve our leadership goals.


Afterwards we were invited to attend Evensong in the historic St George’s Chapel. It was a privilege to be a part of this service in such beautiful surroundings.

The Chair and Chief Executive’s Relationship… Getting it Right

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On the 2 November 2015 I was delighted to speak at a panel discussion at this year’s NCVO Trustee Conference in London – the launch event for  Trustees Week. The focus of the discussion was the relationship between the Chair and Chief Executive; an important relationship that can make or break the effective governance of a charity.


I shared the platform with three other fascinating speakers, Simon Morris, CEO of Jewish Care, and Nicola Grinstead and Anita Tiessen, Chair and CEO of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  We spoke about our experiences of building productive relationships between Chair and Chief Executive – the ups and downs of managing the personal and organisational interface.


It was a lively session with insightful audience questions, expertly facilitated by Sue Pearlman, NCVO governance consultant and chair of Community Action Hertsmere.



New Chair Role for Swanswell


Last month I was delighted to be appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees at Swanswell, a national charity that aims to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use.


I look forward to helping the Board of Trustees shape their strategy. Swanswell is a vibrant organisation that has exciting plans for the future. It is a real honour for me to have this opportunity to work with them to develop those plans and to bring them to fruition.


Swanswell’s Chief Executive Debbie Bannigan said; ‘I’m pleased to welcome Alice Maynard to Swanswell as our new Chair. Alice brings a wealth of experience to the table which I know will help us achieve our aim of a society free from problem alcohol and drug misuse.’


To find out more about Swansell’s work click here.

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!