Trustees’ Week 2016 (7 – 13 November)

3 Nov 2016 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 3 Nov 2016

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Trustees’ Week 2016 celebrates the UK’s 1 million trustees and promotes the benefits of volunteering to be a trustee. This year Trustees’ Week focuses on good governance and the skills needed to make trustees effective leaders. 

Trustees who are engaged in their roles and keen to develop their skills and knowledge are central to the effectiveness of voluntary sector organisations. Board members need to ensure that they are getting the right information and have appropriate internal processes to ensure that all regulatory requirements are being complied with. 

NICVA has been working to respond to skills gaps identified by board members through a range of training and events. To coincide with Trustees’ Week we are holding a conference on charity finance on 8 November. There will be opportunities to attend workshops on understanding charity accounts which is something that many trustees say they need more training on.  Other workshops will be available on diversifying your fundraising and the rules around raising money as well as presentations on charity reserves, charity reporting and financial governance. 

For those that want to delve deeper into charity accounts, we have enlisted the help of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) to deliver a two day training course on the preparation and independent examination of receipts and payments accounts in December.  A further 2 day course on the independent examination of accruals accounts will be offered in January (further details coming soon!).  

The Developing Governance Group is currently running a series of free governance seminars along with local networks to highlight how boards can use the Code of Good Governance’s healthcheck to review governance practice in their organisations.  The seminars are being jointly held with the Charity Commission who will be focusing on the new accounting and reporting regulations and explaining why governance matters.  

If you aren’t able to come to our events, we also have a range of governance advice notes to support you in your trustee role available here

For more information on Trustees Week, visit the website or follow the hashtag #TrusteesWeek on Twitter.

by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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