Leadership Links sessions in partnership with NCVO – Wed 27th June 2018

Wednesday, June 27th: Good governance in the charity board room  (Book Here)
9.30am-4pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (£70.00 per person)

Can you afford not to attend?

With the overhaul and launch of the new Charity Governance Code[1] in July 2017, we now have a clear set of aspirational standards for good governance in charities.  Covering eight areas on a foundation that Trustees understand their role and their organisation, the Code sets-out recommended practice from clarity of purpose to board room behaviours.


Leadership Links are development and networking opportunities targeted at local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector leaders, coordinators and managers based on a selection of important organisational issues, with two workshops remaining in the current programme.

These one-day, custom events will provide you with skills and greater confidence to review and formulate your organisation’s strategy and to see it through to operational effectiveness, and examine the governance implications of board participation and oversight.

Suitable for chairs, trustees, chief executives, and other senior managers, these two remaining workshops will help you to improve your leadership and management practice within the context of enhancing responsibility and accountability, and provide you with opportunities to learn from others.

Workshop content

The Governance workshop on June 27 will consider:

  • Dealing with uncertainty – what do we need from our board in today’s world?
  • Sustainability and succession – what needs to happen to build and retain the board we need?
  • What’s holding us back from that and what can we do?
  • How systems, processes and administration can support board development
  • The components of effective recruitment, induction and ongoing board support
  • The benefits and approaches to board review
  • How you will implement changes for your organisation?

The facilitator

Following a general management career in the private sector, Howard Exton-Smith has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, trainer and coach specialising in personal and organisational development, strategy and governance, and the management of change.

He works at the intersection of the private, public and third sectors to build capacity by strengthening individuals and organisations.  Client-centred and flexible, Howard employs a collaborative and facilitatory style to solve problems and participatory techniques to foster learning and ownership.  He is a Belbin Team Roles Accredited consultant.

From a background in psychology, marketing and professional services, Howard has extensive experience of delivering successful learning, development and capacity-building programmes with a range of audiences.  He leads NCVO’s open-programme finance, risk and change courses and is also responsible for creating bespoke, in-company, courses when required.

Howard has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and North America and has been a Trustee and Chair of a UK charity.  He holds an MSc in Management.

[1] See https://www.charitygovernancecode.org/en