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Make your board effective

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Do board meetings seem never-ending and unfocused? Improve the effectiveness of your board by understanding the roles of the chair, trustees and CEO as well as the purpose and principles of good governance. Plus, learn practical tips on making board meetings work!

Watch two minutes of all four videos for FREE!

Find out about your trainer, Ruth Lesirge.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • understand the purpose and nature of governance
  • explore governance practice in your organization
  • improve the nature of board leadership in your organisation
  • achieve more focused and effective board meetings.

Course structure:

  • What is governance for?
  • The good governance code
  • Governance leadership in the current climate
  • Types of boards
  • Smart board meetings

Make your board effective (part one) - Watch two minutes for FREE!

Make your board effective (part two) - Watch two minutes for FREE!

Make your board effective (part three) - Watch two minutes for FREE!

Make your board effective (part four) - Watch two minutes for FREE!

Further resources

The role of the chair in non profit organisations

Governance expert Ruth Lesirge interviews Ros Oakley, former chair of Charities Evaluation Services, on the role chairs have in helping the board achieve good governance.

This video has been kindly produced with pro bono support from the Charity Skills Centre.

Upon purchase of this course you can also download:

  • tips and tricks for board involvement
  • the trustee self-assessment tool
  • the trustee responsibility quiz

About the trainer

Ruth is a senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School's Centre for Charity Effectiveness, where she heads the governance practice consultancy. An experienced voluntary sector leader and trustee, she has served as the chief executive of both a UK front-line eldercare and residential services organisation and a national policy and research foundation. She has over 35 years' experience of working with public and third sector organisations, including Help the Hospices, Citizens Advice, Macmillan Cancer Care, Victim Support, British Red Cross.

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