Senior Leaders and Trustees: Building resilience and managing risk

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12 November 2018 -
9:30am to 3:00pm

This event is for NICVA members only and is supported by Moore Stephens. It will help you build resilience and become stronger organisations that are better able to navigate change.




Uncertainty and changing conditions are challenging for all of us and have an acute effect as we strive to improve the lives of the individuals and communities we work with. We want to adapt to become more robust organisations.

A key part of NICVA’s role is to help the charities we support develop stronger governance, ensure effective processes and achieve lasting impact.

Many of you turn to us to help you with your risk management and to support you as you seek to comply with all the legislation and best practice. So, we have planned this members’ event based on the issues that you have been asking us about, with key note speakers and a selection of practical workshops.

Our hope is that this event will help you deal with the challenges you face and support you as you become more resilient.

Keynote speakers

Charity Finances Update – Dr Rosemary Peters Gallagher OBE, Moore Stephens

Managing risk and business continuity – Nicola O'Neill, Marsh


Reducing your risks of fraud

John Baker, Moore Stephens

This workshop looks at various strategies that can be adopted to deter, prevent, detect and investigate fraud.  Advocating a cradle-to-grave approach, we consider the components required to create and embed a robust anti-fraud culture and strategic approach to mitigate financial and reputational damage which can be tailored to any budget.

John Baker has been involved in countering fraud for over 20 years.   Although he works across most sectors and industries, John majors in charities and Humanitarian Aid.  He has undertaken investigations for a large number of global charities and donors operating in the UK, Africa, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey/Syria border. 

Developing a business continuity plan

Nicola O'Neill and Matthew Couchman, Marsh

This practical workshop is aimed at providing insight into why business continuity planning is relevant to NICVA member organisations and some tips on building a business continuity plan (BCP). The discussions will consider: Disruptive events and associated impacts, BCP roles and responsibilities and Respond, communicate, recover.

Nicola O’Neill is a Managing Consultant in Marsh Risk Consulting, based in Belfast. Nicola is responsible for the development and delivery of a variety of risk and resilience-based services to a wide range of clients with expertise in business continuity management and organizational resilience.

Matthew Couchman is a Consultant in Marsh Risk Consulting, based in London. Matthew has worked on a multitude of BCM engagements with clients from different industry sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, leisure and hospitality and within the entertainment sector.

Managing your safeguarding risks

Claire Maddison, Volunteer Now

This workshop will consider the policies and procedures which organisations need to have in place to protect the vulnerable groups they are working with. It will look at preventative safeguarding actions and measures which organisation should apply and include some tips on managing safeguarding risks within your organisation.

Claire Maddison is Training and Development Officer (Safeguarding) in Volunteer Now and is an accredited Keeping Safe trainer. Claire worked as an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate, as well as co-ordinating and managing advocacy and other rights-based projects. She also brings a strong legal academic background. 

Data governance

Bob Harper, NICVA

This introductory workshop will set out a business case for investment in data governance and demonstrate how organisations can measure their data maturity and plan for improvement. Good data governance enables and organisation to achieve the integrity, accuracy, and usability of their data. As well as improving the security of information and providing assurance for boards, effective data management practice supports informed decision-making and reduces inefficient outcomes. 

Bob Harper is NICVA’s Data Development Coordinator and previously worked on NICVA's Detail Data programme and as a data analyst. His current focus is on delivering training and advice on the new data protection regulation to the local community and voluntary sector.


Everyone will have the opportunity to attend 2 workshops: one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. 

We would like to thank Moore Stephens, Marsh and Volunteer Now for speaking and delivering the workshops. We are delighted that this event is supported by Moore Stephens.

Please note that places are limited to TWO people per member organisation.


free to attend for NICVA members

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