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Trustee conference: Trustees as Charity Leaders

If you’re a trustee or committee member of a charity, voluntary or community group then you are a leader. As a leader you’re responsible for the vision and direction of your organisation or group, for making (and keeping!) it a success and for ensuring you’re making a difference to the people who need you.
Our annual trustee conference can help. With inspirational speakers and practical breakout sessions you’ll come away ready to tackle anything and to lead your organisation into its future.

Kindly sponsored by IBB Solicitors.

1.30pmRegistration & networking
2.00pmWelcome from conference chair
2.10pmPlenary speaker:

‘My life as a trustee.’

Phil Dart, Services director communities at Buckinghamshire County Council; Trustee at the National Paralympic Heritage Trust; Trustee at Thames Valley Partnership

2.30pmPlenary speaker:

‘GDPR for trustees’

Leah Waller, Employment law & GDPR specialist, Lennons Solicitors

Followed by a Q&A session.

3.15pmRefreshment break
3.45pmBreakout sessions

‘Hallmarks of a successful chair’ John Williams, Vice Chair Association of Chairs

‘Skills for a winning board’ Hazel Finney, Lead for Volunteering Community Impact Bucks

‘Digital leadership for all’ Dominic Tinley, Reach Trustee & Director, Thoughtsmith

6 – 7.30pmTrustee recruitment fair.  An opportunity for charities and community groups to promote themselves to potential trustees.


GDPR For Trustees

GDPR for Trustees
Leah Waller, Lennons Solicitors


Rising star Leah is an Employment law & GDPR powerhouse and works tirelessly to get companies prepared and protected on all fronts. She qualified in 2013 and became a partner at Underwoods Solicitors in 2015, followed by a stint at BSG Solicitors in Bushey before joining Lennons Solicitors in July 2016 as their Employment Solicitor and Head of the Employment Department.

Digital leadership for all

Digital leadership for all
Dominic Tinley, Reach trustee and director of Thoughtsmith

Eighty per cent of charities want their leadership to provide a clear vision of how and what digital could help them achieve. Increasing your organisation’s use of digital tools could help you increase your fundraising, enhance your services or strengthen key relationships. This session will help you think about how you can be a digital leader, even if you don’t have those digital skills yourself. It will help you consider the tools you could be using, the skills, people and culture your organisation might need, as well as how you can bring on board volunteers and trustees with digital skills to help you make things happen.

About Dominic

Dominic is a media technology consultant who helps broadcasters, charities and public bodies plan interactive content and services. He provides creative and technical advice, sourcing specialists where required, helping select suppliers, and facilitating the conversations needed to make things happen.

Dominic’s background is in digital media production. He was one of the first Web Producers at the BBC, Head of Online for Channel 4 Schools, Development Producer for DCMS Culture Online and Managing Editor of the UK Houses of Parliament website.

Since 2008 he has been an independent consultant working with organisations including Arts Council England, the BBC, the British Library and WWF. He is a Director of consulting company Thoughtsmith and a Trustee of Reach, the skilled volunteering charity.

Skills for a winning board

Skills for a winning board
Hazel Finney, lead for volunteering, Community Impact Bucks

Like any successful team, a trustee board needs a particular blend of skills and professional and personal experience in order to be robust and sustainable.  This interactive session will examine how a skills’ audit helps you to map out your board’s current level of skills and expertise, and to identify any gaps.  During the session you will learn: when to do a skills’ audit, what it should cover, and how to go about doing it.  You will also be able to share ideas and insights with your peers.

About Hazel

Hazel advises and trains charities and community groups that involve volunteers, and promotes volunteering throughout the county.  She has assisted several organisations with the auditing of their boards and with trustee recruitment. Hazel also manages CIB’s national partnerships with Reach Volunteering and Do-it, and is on the Events’ Committee of the Association of Volunteer Managers.

The Hallmarks of a Successful Chair

The Hallmarks of a Successful Chair
John Williams, Vice Chair, Association of Chairs

Chairs carry a huge responsibility to lead their boards and steer their charities to success. No matter how experienced you are, it’s a challenging and sometimes lonely role.

This interactive session will explore the qualities and approach needed to be the best Chair you can be, and, if you work with a Chair, how you can help them succeed.

It will draw on the Association of Chairs’ guide “A Chair’s Compass” as well as the new Charity Governance Code. John will cover the crucial Chair relationships: with their CEO or lead officer if they have one; with the board; with staff and volunteers; and with wider stakeholders.

He will also offer practical tips from trustee recruitment to running effective meetings.

About John

John is Vice Chair of the Association of Chairs, set up in 2013 to support Chairs of charities and other non- profits and to promote good governance. John has a professional background in public relations, advertising and marketing. He is a co-founder and former Chair of the communications consultancy Fishburn Hedges, now FleishmanHillard.Fishburn.

Since then, he has taken on a number of advisory and non-executive roles, notably in the charity sector, focusing particularly on leadership and governance. He served as a Charity Commissioner for five years up to 2010; was Chair of the governance and leadership think tank Tomorrow’s Company; and Deputy Chair of ChildLine up to its merger with the NSPCC. John is a longstanding board member at Business in the Community, and a recently appointed trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics. He has also chaired the regional tourism board Tourism South East, and a commercial theatre production company.

Who should attend?

Management committee members, board leaders and trustees. Chief executives may also find this of interest.

Cost information

£25 early bird booking discount. Only 55 places available at the cheap early bird rate. Offer expires when 55 places are sold.
£40 standard rate for charities, voluntary and community groups delivering services in Buckinghamshire
£80 for statutory or out of area organisations

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Community Impact Bucks
0330 236 9350


The Gateway Conference Centre
Gatehouse Road
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8FF United Kingdom
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