A Panel Discussion: Social Value of Transport

CT Matters

Last Wednesday I was delighted to be invited onto the panel as part of the ’Why Community Transport Matters’ launch event hosted by ECT Charity in partnership with Deloitte, Transport for London and the London Community Transport Strategic Forum.

The event held at City Hall in London also saw the launch of the Community Transport Matters report. This report is an amalgamation of two ground-breaking studies led to help community transport organisations around the UK better demonstrate their social value.

The panel discussion, which was expertly chaired by Leon Daniels, MD of Surface Transport TfL, delved into the Social Value of Transport. Alongside fellow panel members Neha Unadkat, Deputy MD of the Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group, and Bill Freeman, CEO of the Community Transport Association, I enjoyed the lively panel discussion with some interesting additions from the audience.

The economic value of community transport is significant and the report is an important step in our progress towards understanding better how inclusive transport delivers economic benefit.

 

 

It’s Good to Talk …Social Investment

Social InvestmentOn Tuesday 9th June I took part in an informative Round Table hosted by Big Society Capital in Fleet Street, London.

 

The topic for discussion was social investment and it offered a couple of very interesting case studies of non profits that had used social investment to generate growth.  It was a useful reminder for me of the effectiveness of the variety of social investment instruments, as we discovered at Scope during my Chairmanship, where we used loan finance, venture philanthropy and a Social Bond to serve our mission.

 

The different ways that non profits use social finance to deliver their goals and increase their impact was particularly inspiring – and that was one of the key themes coming out of the morning: focus on impact to get the best out of it.  For me, the role of the Chair is key.  Chairs need to keep their Boards focussed on the organisation’s vision and mission to ensure that risk is minimised and return maximised.

 

Competition for Charities & Not for Profits at the NFP Interchange: Gold or Silver?

NFP InterchangeIt was a great privilege to speak at last week’s NFP Interchange event with fellow panellists’ Roger Harrop, Sir Tom Shebbeare and Moonpig founder, Nick Jenkins. We enjoyed hearing each others’ views on how to succeed in the not for profit sector.

We were in agreement that a win-lose approach was not the most effective. My own recipe for success involves underpinned a clear vision, a strong team and disciplined passion – passion underpinned by strategy. The session rounded off with some incisive questions from the audience.

Thank you to our hosts Grant Thornton UK and their partners, the Guardian, and to Carol Rudge who ably steered the lively debate.

 

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!