Headlines: March 23rd, 2005

Important issues of governance for the voluntary sector will be in the spotlight today when the National Council for Voluntary Organisations stages its eighth annual conference for trustees of voluntary bodies.There are three-quarters of a million trustees and NCVO says the event, staged under the title “Winning Ways” will focus on a variety of the ‘hottest Governance topics’. Issues to be explored include the lack of an effective board of trustees and guiding the reputation of an organisation.

At a time when more organisations are developing codes of governance and codes of practice, delegates will be given frameworks, tools and advice on looking to the future as boards of trustees seek ways to make a difference.

Tesse Akpeki, the NCVO’s Head of Trustee and Governance said the vulnerable people and communities being served by the charity sector deserved the highest levels of Governance. “Building on our 12 years of offering information, advice and support to help improve Governance throughout the sector, NCVO will provide Trustees, and those that work with them, with practical frameworks in which to operate best and promising practices,” she added.

It was vital that organisations received the appropriate support to implement impending new legislation and the voluntary sector Code of Governance, which is due to be issued in the summer.

Speakers at today’s event will include Professor David Mathews on the latest thinking on leadership and optimism and Lord Phillips of Sudbury, a specialist in charity law, who will share his thoughts on The State of Governance. John Ainsworth, Chief Executive of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators will offer a trade and professional institute perspective. The conference will also see the launch of “The Good Governance Action Plan Workbook” .

Other conference sessions will provide latest information from the Charity Commission, updates on legal and financial topics and one on future challenges and current trends led by Karl Wilding, NCVO’s Head of Research. Delegates will also hear about managing risk and the routes to compliance.