Leadership Links

Guest speaker Fiona Clark, Chief Officer, South Sefton CCG & Southport & Formby CCG at a previous Leadership Links event on the 1st June 2015 at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

Leadership Links are development and networking opportunities targeted at local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector leaders, coordinators and managers.  

These sessions are an opportunity to network with sector colleagues, discuss themes and trends and support learning, knowledge and growth for local leaders.

Previous speakers include:

  • Fiona Clark, Chief Officer,
    South Sefton CCG & Southport & Formby CCG
  • Jenny Stewart, Chief Executive  & Richard Daly, Commercial Manager
    Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce
  •  Diane Moisley-Mason (DMM Training and Development Ltd)
  • Howard Exton-Smith, NCVO

Upcoming Leadership Links

Sefton CVS, in partnership with NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations), are pleased to announce four Leadership Links training opportunities running from September 2017 until June 2018.

  • Leadership Links Session 4: Good governance in the charity board room (Book Here)
    Wed 27 June 2018, 09:30 – 16:00

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.

Recent media coverage of a few, large, domestic and international development charities has once again focussed on public trust and expectations, with the Charity Commission opening investigations into how trustees have handled various matters.

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 one workshop remaining in the current programme.

This one-day, custom event will provide you with the skills and greater confidence to review your governance thinking and consider the question of board effectiveness and behaviour.

Suitable for chairs, trustees, chief executives, and other senior managers, this remaining workshop will help you to improve your leadership and management practice within the context of enhancing responsibility and accountability, and providing 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