Attendees get on board with charity governance workshop

Trustees from across the UK have described a Good Governance workshop hosted by hlw Keeble Hawson in Leeds as ‘extremely helpful’ and ‘valuable’.

Attendees The session at the firm’s offices in Capitol House, Russell Street, examined and debated the role of trustees in good governance with the aim of helping attendees to be better and more effective trustees.   

Held in conjunction with the Small Charities Coalition, the session was led by hlw Keeble Hawson partner and charity expert, Michele Todd, who is ranked by Legal 500 as a highly regarded Private Client practitioner in Yorkshire. A legal trustee of Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity from 2010-2015, Michele is also a board member of independent residential care home, Taptonholme, also based in Sheffield.

The workshop covered three key themes - the makeup of a board of trustees; trustee responsibilities; and choosing the right charitable structure. It also looked at the different types of trustee and equipped attendees with a wealth of tips.  

Michele said: “Feedback from the session was very positive with attendees leaving with an enhanced understanding of whether they are eligible to be on the board, what is expected of them, legal compliance - and the possible personal liabilities of getting it wrong.”

“As charities face increasing public and media scrutiny, ensuring effective governance has taken on an unprecedented importance for trustees.”

With offices in Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster, hlw Keeble Hawson is one of the region’s biggest law firms and is at the heart of the business and wider community.