This week the press have jumped on the news that the Charity Commission has given an official warning to the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline. There has been a massive conflict of interest that hasn’t been managed properly – the founder and her daughter have been paid – and some exceptionally poor financial management. Here […]Read More Governance crisis? Help is at hand!
What’s the problem? I couldn’t believe the traction that the National Trust ‘story’ gained over the weekend, with the Daily Mail headline on Saturday being Mutiny at the National Trust. There’s slightly more to it than some volunteers in Norfolk refusing to wear a pride-themed badge, in that allegedly some of them refused in protest […]Read More Learning from National Trust
I’ve gone freelance by accident. After having my delightful, gorgeous, exceptionally noisy baby boy, I had fully intended to go back to my role at Toynbee Hall. Then we moved out of London. So, I’ve decided to go it alone. Having worked as a consultant at NCVO and provided voluntary consultancy support through Small Charities […]Read More Going it alone
I’ve found it difficult to write a blog over the past 11months. In part, after finishing my MSc I’ve stopped habitually working weekends (a good thing on many levels) leaving little time to write. Having also moved jobs from working as a consultant with many charities to working only for Toynbee Hall, the content would […]Read More Reflections on leadership
This week I started as Head of Development at Toynbee Hall. My job is to grow unrestricted income for the organisation, which is likely to come from a mix of corporate, individual and major donor giving, but after just five days, rather unsurprisingly, what that looks like and how we focus our effort, I haven’t […]Read More The first week: Toynbee Hall and Mozart
My media career started at a very young age – at just four years old I was pictured in The Selby Times, dressed as a bell for my school nativity play. But I’m no Macauley Culkin and since then I have withdrawn from the heady heights of celebrity and got on with my life. However, […]Read More Charity Masters Degrees: a balancing act
On a recent family holiday I introduced my three-year-old niece to The Lion King. She had an outline of the story from a book, but I had the DVD. This was a big deal. The three generations of us (mum, sister, niece) sat down to watch it. My niece watched the film intently and afterwards […]Read More Anticipating and managing risk: tips from a three-year-old