Fuel Poverty annual report at the NEA National Conference


As a member of the Committee on Fuel Poverty I was delighted to attend the NEA National Conference in Manchester last month. We started the final day of the conference by launching our annual report which laid out our direction of travel and early thinking on how to reduce fuel poverty.

We were also privilaged to listen in on the round-table discussion sessions on Fuel Poverty expertly chaired by Derek Lickorish MBE, Chair of NEA. These lively discussions provided much useful input to help focus our priorities for the coming year so that we can better advise on the policies aimed at reducing fuel poverty.

To see a full copy of the annual Fuel Poverty report click here.

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.

Spotlight on the Charity Chairs Conference

Chairs Conference

The chair’s leadership role is vital in driving good governance in the organisation, but it can be a lonely at the top. This is why the Charity Chairs Conference this week in London was such a useful forum for charity chairs to get together in constructive dialogue and discuss the challenges and issues they face.


The conference was a year long culmination of the fantastic Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership programme, which has provided a much needed spotlight on leadership within charities and brought together the City and charity chairs. It has also helped make a practical difference to chairs in charities through a programme of training, forums and thought leadership.


I was delighted to be on the panel discussing the Diversity of Boards chaired by Lord Gus Macdonald.  The lively panel discussion helped illustrate the many different types, makeups and sizes of non-profit Boards and provided useful ‘food for thought’ for delegates and panel members alike.



Never a Dull Moment being a Facilitator

Last week I moderated a very interesting Panel Discussion of Senior London Transport Managers at the ‘On the Right Track: Improvements in Accessibility’ event in central London. Organised by Transport for London it gave the public an opportunity to question senior transport decisionmakers about their decisions and progress in making London transport more accessible.

The discussion was lively; both sides having the opportunity to share their perspective. For the spirited users of the various modes of London Transport and senior representatives from the transport providers it proved to be an informative forum, certainly not dull!