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What is Great Governance? | Facilitated by Roger Courtney

Friday, May 27, 2022 - 10:00 to 16:00
CO3 Office, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, BT2 7JD

The challenge of leading, or even being part of, a third sector board should not be underrated.

Boards are responsible for the increasingly complex governance of the charity. In addition to the many internal challenges, external compliance requirements have been continuously increasing. When things go wrong in the charity, it is always the board that is held to be responsible. The defence of not being told what was going on is not acceptable as an excuse. 

The role of being a trustee, an office-bearer or a chief officer reporting to a board of a third sector organisation, if carried out diligently, however, can be an extremely rewarding one. You are playing a vital role in helping to change the world for the better. 

Unfortunately, it is often far from clear as to what is expected from trustees and office-bearers, and what the authority and liabilities of an individual trustee (who are often also directors of a limited company) actually are. In far too many cases, third sector organisations provide little induction for the new trustee, and little in the way of written guidance as to the role they are expected to play. 

Following the very successful launch of the 2022 ‘CO3 Guide to Great Governance’ written by Roger Courtney who has over 40 years governance experience in the sector, this interactive course has been designed by CO3 and the author to help improve the governance of third sector organisations by providing clear guidance to trustees, officer-bearers and chief officers reporting to a board.

There will be a limited amount of space on this course, so book early to ensure you do not miss out!

Every attendee will also receive a copy of the Guide.

Meet the facilitator 

Roger Courtney trained as a youth and community worker and set up what became Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. He then became the Chief Officer of the Simon Community NI.  Over the next sixteen years, Simon grew from two run-down rented houses and three members of staff, and a turnover of £40,000, to projects for people who were homeless all over Northern Ireland, with over two hundred staff, and a turnover of over £2million. For the last fifteen years+ he has been working in the Third Sector as a freelance organizational development consultant, specialising in strategy planning, governance, evaluation, fundraising strategy and quality.

Roger has written one of the leading UK textbooks on strategic management in the voluntary sector, 'Strategic Management for Third Sector Organisations' (2013) published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is also the author of The CO3 Toolkit for Managing Change and The CO3 Guide to being a Chief Officer,  as well as six other books on fundraising, voluntary sector management and homelessness.

How to take part

Where: CO3 Office, 31 Bruce Street, Belfast, BT2 7JD

When: Friday 27 May 2022, @ 10am - 4pm

Lunch will be provided. Please email Nichola Johnston with your dietary requirements. 

CO3 Members: £150

Non CO3 Members: £200

Book here




If you would like to know more about this session please email nichola@co3.bz