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Friends Meeting House, Manchester
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Who should attend?

This conference has something to offer you whatever stage of the charity leadership journey you are at; whether you are a seasoned trustee or chief executive looking to refresh your technical knowledge and share insights with peers, or if you are new to the sector and want to gain some practical tips. We look forward to meeting you, whether you’ve been in the role for five minutes or fifty years.

The day will include in-depth information about recent developments in charity law and governance, including the opportunity to apply co-operative principles to charities, apply charity law to co-ops and social businesses, and explore the tension between traditions of mutuality and philanthropy.

Why should I attend?

As a UK top-five charity law firm, Anthony Collins Solicitors’ experts are well placed to help you understand the potential threats that forthcoming developments pose to your organisation and the opportunities they present. Along with sector specialists, we will explain how they can be avoided, overcome or capitalised upon.

The conference programme features topical workshops, each highlighting key issues within the charities sector. As well as hearing keynote presentations from sector leaders, you will be able to participate in up to three workshop sessions. These workshops will enable you to gain more detailed information about topics of particular concern to you and your organisation.

Please note: We will send you a link to choose your workshops after you register. Spaces are limited and whilst we will do our best to meet your requirements, places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Registration, networking and coffee

Welcome and introduction

Shivaji Shiva, Anthony Collins Solicitors

Keynote speech

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK: Charities and co-operatives – what can we learn from each other, and how can we work together better?

Session 1

1. Finance essentials for trustees – Kate Sayer of Sayer Vincent Accountants

Even if you have a great treasurer, every trustee should feel confident about their charity’s finances so that they can ask the right questions. Trustees can keep a strategic focus and gain assurance on the effective management of risks. This session will build your confidence and steer you to more resources if you need them.

2. Employment & HR update –  Anna Dabek and Joanna Burrows, Anthony Collins Solicitors

This session will cover the implications of the latest developments in employment law that affect employers in the charity sector, and explore how to deal with crucial HR challenges. The session will pick up on the following topics: Holiday Pay; Employment status; Gender Pay Gap Reporting; and NMW compliance.

Coffee break

Session 2

1. Better meetings make better boards – John Williams, Vice-chair, Association of Chairs

Board meetings are the practical heart of governance. John will offer ideas on how to make trustee meetings more effective – the role of the Chair, the responsibilities of trustees and the contribution of the executive team. From board papers to sub-committees, he will explore how small changes can make a big difference.

2. Property: using your property assets to reduce costs and ‘drive efficiency', Alex Tindall, Anthony Collins Solicitors will discuss:


  • Relocation out of the City;
  • Satellite offices; and
  • Collaboration and shared offices - ‘a hub’? (including shared back office services)



Keynote speech

Sarah Atkinson, Charity Commission on Charities and Co-operation: where next for charity regulation?

Session 3

1. Applying Co-operative Principles to Charities (and Vice-Versa) - David Alcock, Anthony Collins Solicitors

2. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – Jane Burns, Anthony Collins Solicitors

In this practical workshop, Jane will explain what you need to do to comply with the law on data protection, how to avoid the reputational quagmire faced by charities involved in recent, highly-published data protection cases and how to prepare for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation.

Closing plenary – panel session

Where next? Do we need a new model for social purpose organisations?

Further information

For more information about this event, please contact ulrika.froberg@anthonycollins.com. For more information about our work supporting charities, please visit our website.