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Building a Strong Relationship between Charity Boards and Executive Teams

Wednesday 6th February

1730 – 2030

The Nursery Theatre, Broadgate, Finsbury Avenue Square, London EC2M 2PP


A strong relationship between boards and executives teams is vital to the success of a charity. Find out how to strike the right balance between direction and collaboration, challenge and support, and delegation and scrutiny at our evening workshop.

We will explore the key ingredients to the strong relationship, how to ensure these are in place and what to do if they are not.

You will hear from highly experienced charity board trustee, Ian Joseph, and a prominent CEO. They will share their insights on creating the most productive board dynamics.

The evening will be facilitated by Kate Sayer and Norman Blissett.

Register here.


1730 – welcome and drinks

1800 – What does good look like – Norman Blissett

1820 – View from the Board – Ian Joseph

1840 – The CEO’s perspective – tbc

1900 – Panel discussion – chaired by Kate Sayer

1945 – drinks and networking

2030 – close


Ian Joseph is Managing Director of Russam GMS and has held this position since 2014 when he and Jason Atkinson completed a management buyout. He is a founding board member of Trustees Unlimited and co-founder of Step on Board, arguably the UK’s premier senior employee engagement programme working with companies such as Barclays, Google, EY and Credit Suisse. He is also a founding Director of Europe’s largest multi-event cycling facility, Cyclopark and sits on the Professional Advisory Board of CharityWorks, the UK’s non-profit graduate scheme.

Ian has a track record of delivering high profile non-executive and executive roles including the boards and CEOs of many household name organisations.

Earlier in his career he was Chief Executive of a charity which specialises in the fields of homelessness, addiction, mentoring and international development. During this time he managed the creation and development of subsidiary organisations in Afghanistan and Pakistan both pre and post September 11th. The charity became the first non-governmental organisation in the world to win a management consultancy role with the Asian Development Bank.

He holds a degree in Business Information Systems, a Masters degree in Management from Cass Business School and the Certificate in Charity in Law and Governance from ICSA: the Governance Institute. He is a Fellow of the RSA.

Ian tries to keep fit with varying degrees of success. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons and has a long-standing interest in the study of theology, having been a church minister for six years at the start of his career.

Kate Sayer is a consultant with over 30 years of experience advising charities and social enterprises. As a partner and auditor at Sayer Vincent, Kate worked with hundreds of charities across a wide range of activities and sizes. Currently, she supports charities with governance and risk management assignments, such as:

  • Board appraisals
  • Introducing more effective ways of managing risk
  • Transforming finance functions
  • Improving the quality of decision making
  • Coaching finance leaders

Kate is a qualified chartered accountant, a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Management at Cass Business School, and a trustee of the Association of Chairs. She is a non-executive director of Charity Bank, a social investor lending to charities and social enterprises and chairs its audit committee. She is a non-executive director of Development Initiatives Poverty Research, a not-for-profit company that conducts research into global funding and effectiveness of international aid.

Norman Blissett is the Managing Director of Gallanach and a board, strategy and people Consultant. He has cross sector experience of delivering:

  • improved board and senior team performance;
  • vision, mission, values and strategy;
  • alignment of people and strategy;
  • leadership and organisational development;
  • improved performance of HR teams.

After completing a Chemistry degree at Edinburgh University, Norman’s career started in the pharmaceutical industry in sales and marketing. He then studied Scots and European Law, graduating with a LLM, before moving to the British Medical Association in their advice and representation service to doctors. This was followed by several senior HR roles in the NHS. Most recently he was Director of Systems and Impact at Family Action, one of the UK’s leading family charities, and Chair of Bridge Mental Health Ltd.

Norman is a Chartered Director, Fellow of the Institute of Directors and Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. He is also Chair of the Cyclopark Trust, one of Europe’s leading cycling and multisport venues.

Register here.

Cost of event: £20


London, EC2M 2PP United Kingdom
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