Large Charities Conference 2019

Leadership Governance, regulation and compliance Financial sustainability Risk

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Charles Russell Speechlys
5 Fleet Place
London EC4M 7RD

Our Large Charities Conference returns this year bringing together the sector's senior finance leaders for a day of networking and knowledge-sharing, tailored especially for large charities.

With reduced funding creating more pressure on charities to be innovative and strive to achieve more with much less, the day will include how to maximise effectiveness by improving quality and efficiency; new ways of thinking about risk in your charity; and will also be looking at themes of strong leadership and resilience.

This event is open to charities with an annual income of £25m+.

Members, remember to book before 5th April to receive the Early Bird price!


Andy Cox, Partner, Control Risks

Sarah Nolan, Group Head of Risk and Compliance, Age UK

Professor Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership, Henley Business School

Professor Andrew Kakabadse joined Henley Business School in July 2013 after 30 years at Cranfield School of Management, where he finished as Professor of International Management Development and was awarded the honour of Emeritus Professor.
Andrew has consulted and lectured in the UK, Europe, USA, SE Asia, China, Japan, Russia, Georgia, the Gulf States, India and Australia. He was also Vice Chancellor of the International Academy of Management and has been Chairman of the Division of Occupational Psychology, British Psychological Society, 2001.
His current areas of interest focus on improving the performance of top executives, top executive teams and boards, excellence in consultancy practice, leadership, corporate governance, conflict resolution and international relations. His top team database covers 34 nations and many thousands of private and public sector organisations. The study of the strategic skills of top teams has now extended into Japan, China, Hong Kong and the USA.
Andrew is currently embarked on a major world study of boardroom effectiveness and governance practice. A number of governments are participating in this study, which have included British Ministers of State. He has previously been awarded a £2 million research grant to examine Governance and Leadership in the private sector and with governments.
This research has culminated in the pursuit of two further studies, a complete analysis of the functioning of the British Government and the biggest ever survey conducted in the UK on boards and governance practice in the leisure sector. These investigations support the very first Master's degree in the world on boardroom practice and directors' contributions, the Masters in Boardroom Practice and Directorship (MABPD).
Professor Andrew Kakabadse
Programme Director of the Board Directors' Programme
Chairman of the Henley Directors’ Forum
Programme Co-director of the GDPR Transition Programme
Marketing & Reputation

Dr Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive, Voluntary Services Overseas

Dr Philip Goodwin has been Chief Executive of VSO since March 2015. He was previously CEO of TREEAID, an NGO working on agro-forestry in dryland Africa and spent 11 years with British Council where he held leadership positions in Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan and Belgium. Philip has been a community development volunteer in Timbuktu, Mali. He has a PhD and MSc in environmental policy and a degree in agricultural economics.
Philip is Vice Chair of the International Forum for Volunteering in Development. He is also a trustee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, the charity that saves lives at sea. He is co-author with Tony


Registration and refreshments


Chair's welcome and introduction

David Renton, Chair, CFG Large Charities Group


Efficiency - Effectiveness and quality

Charities are constantly facing pressure to do more with less and to find innovative ways to maximise efficiency. This session will explore how one charity implemented new methods to help save money and time for their organisation, through collaboration, business partnering and changing the way services are delivered.

Philip Goodwin, Chief Executive, Voluntary Services Overseas


Small group discussions




Refreshment break


New ways of thinking about risk: managing the unknowns

Recent allegations have shown us that charities need new ways of thinking about risk - moving away from the traditional risk register approach with its mechanic assessment of impact and likelihood. This session will explore some of these unknowns such as fundraising and safeguarding, and how charities can re-think how they identify these risks.

Andy Cox, Partner, Control Risks & Sarah Nolan, Group Head of Risk and Compliance, Age UK


Small group discussions






Leadership and resilience

What makes a resilient leader, one equipped to manage the increasing challenges of the charity sector? Our speaker will explore the qualities that a leader needs and share their professional experiences of how to become more resilient.

Professor Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership, Henley Business School


Small group discussions




Chair's summary


End of conference

Charities - Non-members£183.00
Individual - Members£142.00

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