Governance Conference 2018

Governance, regulation and compliance

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Rathbone Investment Management
8 Finsbury Circus
London EC2M 7AZ

This event is fully booked.

The charity sector continues to be rocked by repeated failures in governance, as highlighted in recent media reports. It is more important than ever that senior managers and trustees ensure they understand their responsibilities and are following best practice, particularly around their fiduciary duties. Our Governance Conference will provide trustees and charity staff with insights into steps they can take to ensure their organisation is demonstrating good governance, and that their reporting structures are robust and effective. The Conference offers practical guidance on how to develop constructive relationships between the board and charity staff, alongside an update on the latest regulatory frameworks, and this will impact your liability.

Who should attend? Finance Managers and Finance Directors who are stepping in to the role of the Company Secretary, Chief Executives who want to refresh their knowledge of internal governance, and Trustees who want to understand the responsibility of the Company Secretary and Finance Directors.


Allison Howe, Head of Governance, NSPCC

Chris Harris, Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Pesh Framjee, Partner - Global Head of Non Profits, Crowe Clark Whitehill

Chris Knight, Partner, Hewitsons

Kevin Barnes, Congregational Chief Executive, Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth Generalate

Sudhir Singh, National Head of Not for Profit, MHA MacIntyre Hudson




Chair’s welcome and introduction


Introduction to the Charity Commission and Companies House

This opening session will look at what the role of the company secretary, within a charity and what reporting and disclosures they need to undertake, looking at what FD’s stepping into this role need to think about. It will identify what the main responsibilities of the role are and what liabilities the Company Secretary has.


Allison Howe, Head of Governance, NSPCC


Managing a trading company

This presentation explores when to consider setting up a trading company and the governance around financial management under this structure, alongside the legal requirements.

Pesh Framjee, Partner - Global Head of Non Profits - Crowe Clark Whitehill

11:40 - 12:40

Policies and legal responsibilities

This session will explore due diligence within a charity, looking at the legal and policy requirements of the Company Secretary and how to develop and review these policies, such as data protection or health and safety.

Chris Knight, Partner, Hewitsons

12:40 - 13:30


13:30 -14:30

Finance and Audit Committee

This session will look at when you make the decision to separate finance and audit as a separate committee, and how to structure and run it effectively to ensure it is providing maximum support to the main board.

Chris Harris, Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

14:30 - 15:15

Communicating financial information

How can finance staff help trustees increase their financial confidence? This session will offer tips and tools to help you build finance knowledge within your trustee board, helping them understand financial information so that they can make informed financial decisions and effectively contribute to your charity’s financial strategy.

Kevin Barnes, Congregational Chief Executive, Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth Generalate

15:15 - 15:30

Break for refreshments

15:30 - 16:30

Dealing with problems within the Board

This session will offer insight into how to tackle common problems that arise with the board such as personality clashes, power struggles and lack of engagement. Attendees will have the chance to discuss their problems with peers and find solutions to common problems.

Sudhir Singh, National Head of Not for Profit, MHA MacIntyre Hudson


Chair’s close and end of conference