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Stephen Hale, Chief Executive, Refugee Action (CONFIRMED)

Part 1 – The Future of Regulation

  • Outlining the key regulatory standards expected of charities by the Charity Commission and how charities can ensure they are meeting these
  • Highlighting the legal expectations of charities and how this aligns with regulatory compliance
  • Understanding how charities can enhance transparency and reporting procedures to effectively meet regulatory standards and enhance public confidence
  • Discussing how charities are expected to respond effectively to regulatory breaches when they arise
  • Considering the core risks the voluntary sector faces in the future and offering guidance on how charities can ensure they have effective risk management in place to meet these challenges

Elizabeth Jones, Partner, Farrer & Co and Officer, Executive Committee of Charity Law (CONFIRMED)
Senior Representative, Charity Commission (invited)

  • Providing an update on the current standards of safeguarding in the voluntary sector – what progress has been made and what are the next steps?
  • Signposting to new safeguarding resources and understanding how to utilise them effectively in practice
  • Sharing future initiatives to enhance safeguarding standards, delivered by DCMS in partnership with NCVO, including the delivery of training and local networking
  • Offering guidance for how voluntary organisations can embed safeguarding as a priority throughout the whole organisation

Victoria Westhorp, Head of Safeguarding Policy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (CONFIRMED)

Part 2: New Standards of Regulation – The Evolving Regulatory Landscape

  • Who uses the Charity Governance Code and what are the benefits?
  • Outlining emerging themes from the consultation into the Charity Governance Code, including expectations around diversity and inclusion
  • How might the code reflect ethical issues, including safeguarding and wellbeing?
  • Offering an insight into how the Charity Governance Code may look in 2020

Rosie Chapman, Chair, Charity Governance Code Steering Group (CONFIRMED)

  • Discussing how the role of trustees is evolving and the modern challenges boards face, including diversity, responsible investment and risk management
  • How can boards ensure they are fulfilling responsibilities and ensure they are meeting the standards expected of them?
  • How can boards balance strategy and impact with compliance to ensure they are maximizing delivery on both?
  • Sharing best practice on managing board dynamics and strengthening relationships with senior leaders to improve compliance and impact

Malcolm John, Chair of Trustees Board, The Young Harrow Foundation and Founder, Action for Trustee Racial Diversity (CONFIRMED)
Robin Hindle Fisher, Trustee, Scope (CONFIRMED)
Geeta Nargund, Trustee, British Red Cross (invited)
Trisha Brandon, Trustee, Survivors Network (CONFIRMED)

  • What are the Charity Ethical Principles and what is expected of voluntary organisations in regards to these?
  • How can trustees and charity leaders take more consideration of ethical principles into account when making decisions?
  • How can these principles be efficiently integrated into internal codes of conduct and staff handbooks?
  • What efforts can the sector make to tackle bullying and harassment in the workplace?

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask Elizabeth Chamberlain direct questions and raise concerns regarding the Charity Ethical Principles and how to embed these into their organisation.

Elizabeth Chamberlain, Head of Policy, NCVO (CONFIRMED)

Part 3: Financial and Fundraising Regulatory Standards

  • Outlining key regulatory standards of charity financial compliance, such as implementing effective monitoring systems and meeting the needs of beneficiaries
  • Highlighting the importance of senior leadership engagement for developing a compliant and sustainable financial model and the need for leadership to receive targeted training to develop financial expertise
  • Understanding the main financial risks charities face, including fraud and financial mismanagement, and sharing strategies for charities to ensure they have effective risk management in place to protect against these
  • Sharing best practice in effective financial management which meets regulatory standards, maximises transparency and enables long term financial resilience

Helena Wilkinson, Partner, Price Bailey LLP and Vice Chair, Institute for Chartered Accountants for England & Wales (ICAEW) Charity Committee (CONFIRMED)

  • Examining the new Code of Fundraising Practice and outlining the key responsibilities of charities regarding fundraising and demonstrating expectations of the voluntary sector to comply
  • Offering guidance on how charities can ensure effective compliance with fundraising standards, including insights into common code breaches
  • Discussing how the Fundraising Regulator expects charities to respond appropriately to complaints and reform procedures to ensure incidents are not repeated
  • Understanding the modern challenges faced in fundraising, including safeguarding and sexual harassment, and the Regulator expectations surrounding these

Priya Warner, Head of Policy, Fundraising Regulator (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding the legal responsibilities charities have to ensure assets are safeguarded and used to meet charitable objectives
  • Embedding an anti-fraud culture across the organisation and ensuring all staff are aware of the risks of fraud and corruption and understand their legal responsibilities to report it
  • Ensuring effective procedures are in place to prevent and detect fraud, leading to a rise in reported cases across the charity
  • Publishing an annual fraud report in order to ensure transparency, including the allegation, the outcome and any resulting financial losses
  • Sharing insights in the challenges and opportunities resulting from the design and implementation of a counter-fraud team within a charity

Winners of the Charities Against Fraud Award, 2019

Dave Carter, Head of Counter Fraud Management, British Council (CONFIRMED)

Part 4: Enhancing Public Trust

Hear how CLIC Sargent enhanced their impact reporting to focus on young people and families’ experiences and strengthen accountability

Key Achievements and Outcomes:

  • Clearer, more effective reporting and putting young cancer patients at the heart, giving them control over the impact report
  • Developing new measures for impact in order to move towards more balanced and honest reporting and accountability
  • Greater transparency through a ‘Hands Up, We’re Not Perfect’ section in the impact report, which clearly outlined what the charity didn’t get right in the last year
  • Greater focus on impact and more conversations about what’s working and learning from failure, informing the 2020-2025 strategy (Better, Faster, Stronger) in order to maximise impact

Winners of the Best Use of Impact Reporting Award at the Third Sector Awards, 2019

Jenny Turner, Director of Strategy and Governance, CLIC Sargent (CONFIRMED)

  • Considering how charities can develop a whole-organisation approach to rebuild public confidence and prevent fundraising scandals, safeguarding incidents and financial mismanagement
  • Discussing how to promote an organisational culture which challenges poor practice and how to embed this effectively
  • Highlighting the importance of establishing an effective whistleblowing scheme which ensures staff feel confident to report regulatory breaches and puts efficient procedures in place to respond to these
  • Assessing how charities can improve their transparency and accountability procedures to demonstrate impact and enhance public trust

Juliet Ramage, Head of Safeguarding, Action for Children (CONFIRMED)
Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive, RSPCA (CONFIRMED)
Steve Ford, Chief Executive, Parkinsons UK (CONFIRMED)

*Programme subject to change

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