Governance and leadership - resources
View a comprehensive list of publications about governance for the UK voluntary and community sector. Find a publication by title:
Good Trustee Guide
Ideal as an introductory pack for new board members or as a refresher for long-serving trustees, The Good Trustee Guide provides comprehensive information about a trustee's role and guidance on developing an effective trustee board.
Good Governance: a practical guide for boards, chairs and CEOs
For the first time this new guide brings together a range of publications including the best selling 'Good Governance: the chair's role' and 'Good Governance: the chief executive's role' updated with the latest information.
Written by leading governance expert Dorothy DaltonThe publication highlights key issues to consider, alongside templates and real-life examples and experiences.
Good Governance is written for chairs, chief executives and trustees. Chapter 5 is written specifically for the chair while the primary audience for chapter 6 is the chief executive. Trustees are advised to include both these chapters in their reading as it will give them a better understanding of the role of the chair and the chief executive in good governance.
The A-Z of Good Governance is a pack of 26 cards which include simple, illustrated explanations of some of the key terms used in governance and trusteeship. These cards provide a light hearted means for boards to explore key issues in good governance. - Order The A-Z of Good Governance or Download The A-Z of Good Governance (4 PDFs)
Directory of Approved Consultants 2012/13
If you are considering using a consultant but don't know where to start, the ninth edition of this popular directory lists over 200 consultants working with the voluntary sector.
For Love and Money is the result of research commissioned by The Governance Hub, in partnership with the Social Enterprise Coalition, and conducted by third sector specialists from the Open University.
Funding and Costing Workforce and Governance Development
This resource, produced by the UK Workforce Hub and Governance Hub, is designed to help you better understand the costing and funding implications of organisational development so that you are better able to plan, budget, cost and fundraise around these critical areas.
Trustees, chairs and chief executives acknowledge that a dedicated, well-trained board is vital to the successful operation of any voluntary sector organisation. This workbook has been designed so that boards are empowered to take responsibility for their own development.
Good Governance: A Code for the Voluntary and Community sector (the Code)
Second edition - October 2010
The Code has been formulated to help and support board members in the important and rewarding work that they carry out. The principles set out good practice but these are closely linked with the responsibilities of charity trustees and other legal requirements that may be imposed on board members.
Good Governance Code of Good Governance (pocket-sized version)
Second edition- October 2010.
This pocket guide is a summary version of Good Governance: A Code for the Voluntary and Community sector. It outlines the six high level principles of good governance and is intended to help and support board members in the important and rewarding work that they carry out. It is also useful for staff or advisers supporting governance in an organisation.
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Good Governance - A code for small voluntary and community organisations
Good Governance - A code for small voluntary and community organisations has been written specifically to meet the needs of smaller organisations without staff providing a framework for smaller organisations to govern in a way that is appropriate to their size.
It is designed to be clearer and easier to use for those organisations with limited resources, while mirroring the principles of the main code the Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community sector.
Good Practice in Trustee Recruitment (Toolkit)
The Good Practice in Trustee Recruitment Toolkit sets out practical advice for seeking the best people to govern a community or voluntary organisation. You could introduce the 10-step process to trustees, or delegate recruitment tasks to staff members where appropriate.
Recruit a Trustee (pocket guide)
Recruit a Trustee is a companion publication to the Good Practice in Trustee Recruitment Toolkit, a more extensive guide also produced by the Governance Hub, which sets out practical advice for seeking the best people to govern a community or voluntary organisation.
Trustee Recruitment on-line resources for Small Organisations
A resource been designed to help small voluntary and community organisations find, recruit, induct and keep trustees. We recognise that trustee recruitment can be challenging for small organisations that have limited resources. Go to Trustee Recruitment for Small Organistaions
This handbook outlines the role of the treasurer and how this contrasts with the role of the finance director. Using practical examples and case studies, the publication demystifies the role of the treasurer and provides useful resources for the treasurer and for the board.
Is it Seaworthy? Assessing and Funding the Capacity of Voluntary and Community Organisations
Is it Seaworthy? helps those who are funding and supporting the voluntary and community sector check the organisational capacity of the bodies they work with. It draws on ideas in numerous research publications as well as a variety of assessment frameworks currently in use. It provides an overview of the issues, real life case studies and suggests Capacity Assessment Prompts', which can be used to help assess organisational capacity.
This report draws together an understanding of contemporary leadership within the third sector. The Leadership Labyrinth draws both on existing research undertaken by the Third Sector Leadership Centre and other organisations, and on a series of 26 interviews across a variety of leadership contexts which were carried out for this publication.
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Learning to Lead
Learning to Lead: Ten Ways to Develop Your Leadership Skills is a guide to the range of leadership development interventions that are available for sector leaders.
Living Values Training Pack
This training pack is designed to highlight the importance of identifying values, and working by them amid the pressures acting on the voluntary sector. The training pack complements the 'Living Values' pocket guide and includes a range of materials to use in interactive sessions.
Looking After Leaders
According to new research, 95% of leaders in medium-sized charities operating in the health and social care field feel unable to access the development they need to advance their leadership skills.
Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation offers a comprehensive guide to establishing and maintaining a healthy working relationship between the two top organisational leaders.
The responsibility for a charity or voluntary and community sector organisation ultimately rests with its board of trustees. So it is essential that these board members have the awareness, knowledge and confidence to identify and manage the risks associated with their role.
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Reducing the risks trainers pack
These resources are designed for trainers and advisors who support trustees to assess and minimise the risks associated with trustee liabilities.
Presentations including case study video available soon
Download Reducing the risks - quick guide (PDF 94KB)
Reducing_the_risks_Training_notes - 11 pages (PDF 212KB)
Sustainability is one of the biggest challenges faced by trustees and staff in voluntary and community sector organisations. Written by Peter Dyer and Anne Moynihan this guide sets out clear and accessible guidance to support trustees in their roles and responsibilities for financial sustainability.
Sustainable Funding for Trustees is available exclusively for NCVO members. Visit our members section to download your free copy.
This guide recognises that many organisations struggle to find the time to review their board's performance, so the suggestions are grouped into monthly themes in order to help busy trustees make inroads into improving the work they do.
Trustee Guide to Campaigning and Influencing
Are you a trustee and want to know more about effective campaigning and influencing? This short guide outlines both what is required by the law and what is good practice in the development and implementation of effective campaigns. It’s relevant whether you are involved in a large organisation looking at the strategic overview or in a small organisation and are more directly involved in the day-to-day delivery of activities.
Launched at the Trustee's Conference, this collection essays celebrates the work of our former Chair, Lady Winifred Tumim. You can download a free copy of the publication here.
Being Who You Say You Are - A Guide to Governance for Faith-based Organisations - Guide provides a perspective from Faithworks about why good governance matters in faith-based organisations.
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Better Governance: An Introduction to Measuring and Improving Board Effectiveness - A practical introduction to how voluntary and community organisations can improve their governance from exploring different approaches and resources available to measure performance.
- Download Better Governance (PDF 744KB).
Governance and Organisational Structures - Guide to common organisational and legal structures, including common organisational and legal structures, including newer forms outlined in the Charities Act 2006: Community Interest Companies and Charitable Incorporated Organisations.
Download Governance and Organisational Structures (PDF 575 KB)
Meeting the Standards - A guide to resources for use with the Trustee & Management Committee National Occupational Standards
- Download Meeting the Standards (PDF 456 KB).
Mentoring for Chairs - A review of four approaches to mentoring for chairs and vice-chairs of voluntary organisations.
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Setting up a Network for Chairs - An overview of how to set up and organise a network for chairs. This practical guide provides a definition and analysis of networks for chairs. It contains seven key steps to establishing a network and guidance on how to make it successful.
- Download Setting up a Network for Chairs (PDF 234KB)
Starting on the Right Track - Guide helps you plan and carry out the recruitment and induction of your new chair.
If you are not satisfied with the Charity Commission's decision you may be able to appeal or make an application for review to the Tribunal. The First–tier Tribunal (Charity) can:
- Hear appeals against the decisions of the Charity Commission (the Commission)
- Hear applications for review of decisions of the Charity Commission
- Consider references from the Attorney General or the Charity Commission on points of law
Further information about the Charity Tribunal can be found at http://www.charity.tribunals.gov.uk/
Leading Health and Safety
Trustees are responsible for ensuring adherence to a wide range of specific health and safety regulations. Trustees should therefore take steps to check their obligations and ensure compliance with requirements specific to their charity. A publication has been produced by the Institute of Directors.
- Download a copy of Leading health and safety at work.
- Further information can also be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.
A matter of common sense - Report exploring the understanding of funders’ attitudes and approaches to supporting governance and workforce development costs.
Chairs of Voluntary and Community Organisations: Support and Learning Needs - Summary of findings from Governance Hub research project into support and learning needs for Chairs.
- Download Chairs of Voluntary and Community Organisations: Support and Learning Needs (PDF 95 KB)
Changing Governance - Explores how civil society organisations in the UK and other countries are experiencing the shift from government to governance. It also shares insights on the implication of changing governance structures and processes for civil society organisations
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Governance Advisers Support Need Analysis - Research that established the basis for the Governance Hub's Adviser Support Programme.
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Mapping Governance Learning and Support for Chairs in England 2005 - Findings of a mapping exercise into the existing learning and support services for Chairs in England.
- Download Mapping Governance Learning and Support for Chairs in England 2005 (PDF 145 KB)
Measuring Governance Performance - Findings of a research measuring governance performance within the voluntary and community organisations in England. A useful resource comprising broader research and thinking related to governance.
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Support and Resource Needs of Trustees and Chairs in Voluntary and Community Organisations - Findings of a national survey into the support and resource needs of Trustees and Chairs in voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) in England.
- Download Support and Resource Needs of Trustees and Chairs in Voluntary and Community Organisations (PDF 238 KB)
Unambiguous advice on the liabilities of trusteeship: qualitative research and analysis - Details qualitative research with trustees, professionals, stakeholders, and insurers to identify gaps in information provision, real and perceived barriers to sharing knowledge, and the extent to which information about trustee liability affects the recruitment of trustees and the management of risk.
- Download Unambiguous advice on the liabilities of trusteeship: qualitative research and analysis (PDF 234 KB)
What makes Chairs of governing bodies effective? - Research exploring the leadership role of chairs of governing bodies.
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