Interesting View from the Other Side

I attended an interesting lunchtime talk by Syed Kamall, the Conservative MEP for London and leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists, on the 2 November 2016 in London.

Syed offered a controversial and informed insider analysis on Brexit from his pro Brexit viewpoint at this event hosted by the Champollion Group.

Always great to hear differing views especially when so eloquently delivered.

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.


Does the Not for Profit Sector Need Disrupting?

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At the last NFP Interchange debate in London the consensus was that yes, the sector certainly benefits from disruption. There were calls for charitable organisations to take the initiative and shake up on their own accord, or risk being shaken by outside forces.


The most recent of these thought provoking discussions brought together a diverse panel of experts to speak about disruption and change in their organisations as part ofGrant Thornton’s NFP Interchange programme.


Leon Ward, trustee at sexual health charity Brook, expressed the view that to create an agile organisation better able respond to disruption required ‘diverse voices’ to challenge the status quo on a board.  Having a range of ages and backgrounds represented as trustees enables freer thinking, disrupting accepted norms.


If the charity sector does not embrace change then the “shape of the playing field will be changed around us” said Paul Boissier, chief executive of the RNLI, who drew on Darwin to highlight his point, saying: “It’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent but it’s the one that is most adaptable to change.”

International Women’s Forum Breakfast

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The first International Women’s Forum (IWF) Breakfast event of 2016 has set the tone for a great year. It was a privilege to be able to hear Jenny Watson, Chair of The Electoral Commission and long term campaigner for women’s rights, speak at this event in London.


Jenny shared many fascinating insights into the electoral processes, as well as some of the key challenges they face in ensuring that the Referendum engages as many voters, in as many ways as possible, to enable them to exercise their right to vote.