Board Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

Board Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

In the lead up to Trustees Week on 2-6 November 2020 and as part of the work we are doing to become a more inclusive organisation, we are running a series of workshops for trustees and senior managers. The workshops are all FREE and aim to:

  • Provide space to reflect on board culture and barriers that prevent diversity
  • Facilitate conversation about what inclusive practice is and how to create this
  • Discuss tools and approaches to start taking action

Background:
Charity boards tend not to reflect the population at large nor the communities they serve. Nationally, more than two thirds of  trustees are men and the median age is 61. Research shows that only 9.6% of trustees in 100 UK major charities are people from BAME backgrounds and just 2.9% of them are women of colour.

The Charity Commission estimates that only 0.5% of the trustee population is made up of 18-24-year olds. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that 81% of charities recruit for trustees by word of mouth or personal recommendation alone.

These are all issues that we are looking at internally at Community Works as we recognise the work that we also need to do.

This is a series of three workshops and we would strongly encourage you to attend all three if at all possible.


Workshops Themes


Session 1: Challenge and reflect on the inclusivity of your Board Culture – THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED: YOU CAN VIEW THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION here

Reflect honestly on your set up, identify barriers and potential solutions, and plan actions .

Speakers:

  • Yassine Senghor, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
  • Tina O’Donnell who has worked and volunteered for many years in the community and adult learning sectors

Date: Thursday 1 October 2020
Time: 2:00 – 4:30pm
Venue: online via Zoom
For more information and to book: via eventbrite


Session 2: Diverse trustee recruitment and  Inclusive Practice

Speakers:

Mo Kanjilal: Mo’s experience as an award-winning Sales Director has seen her lead global, diverse teams and become experienced in senior management up to PLC level. Mo was selected as one of 12 candidates for a Fast Track leadership scheme linked to Nottingham University business school, which developed her leadership skills and helped increase her knowledge in the diversity and inclusion space. She has a strong understanding of business functions, profit and loss, change management, and diversity and inclusion, with examples of many different employee engagement programs. She focuses on ensuring teams are inclusive environments where everyone can thrive.

Darren Jensen: Darren has been based in Brighton for nearly 10 years. He has over 30 years’ experience in the social care sector; social services, care homes, Deaf schools and mental health services. Darren formed Surdi CIC in October 2015. Surdi believes the Deaf community should have equal access to everything. Surdi believes Deaf culture is different from hearing culture. Surdi tries to avoid social isolation within the Deaf community, avoid social stigma and prejudice by removing discrimination in the community, and reduce the chances of deaf people living a life with limited opportunities.

Allegra Chapman: Allegra is a Communications specialist and expert in behaviour change. Experienced in charity, healthcare & education sectors. Allegra has worked for several marketing agencies up to Senior Management level. She became a Business Coach and she is one of the Founders of Brighton Digital Women. Allegra is a regular conference speaker, freelance journalist and writer

Date: Wednesday 28 October 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00pm
Venue: online via Zoom

For more information and to book: via eventbrite


Session 3: Writing an accessible trustee role description

Summary content of the session:

  • Understand accessible writing
  • The difference between tasks and roles and how to make the role accessible
  • Importance of flexibility and Solution Focussed Thinking
  • How to promote a role to attract diverse candidates; the difference between an advert copy and a role description

Speakers:

Mo Kanjilal: Mo’s experience as an award-winning Sales Director has seen her lead global, diverse teams and become experienced in senior management up to PLC level. Mo was selected as one of 12 candidates for a Fast Track leadership scheme linked to Nottingham University business school, which developed her leadership skills and helped increase her knowledge in the diversity and inclusion space. She has a strong understanding of business functions, profit and loss, change management, and diversity and inclusion, with examples of many different employee engagement programs. She focuses on ensuring teams are inclusive environments where everyone can thrive

Allegra Chapman: Allegra is a Communications specialist and expert in behaviour change. Experienced in charity, healthcare & education sectors. Allegra has worked for several marketing agencies up to Senior Management level. She became a Business Coach and she is one of the Founders of Brighton Digital Women. Allegra is a regular conference speaker, freelance journalist and writer.

Date: Thursday 5 November 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00pm
Venue: online via Zoom

For more information and to book: via eventbrite


Session 4: Being a Trustee

Have you ever thought of being a trustee but are not sure what is involved?
Would you like to make a positive social impact but don’t know where to begin?

Facilitated by Kyra Hall-Gelly MBACP of NeuroTribe UK and Angela El-Zeind from Speak Up, Act Out this workshop uses interactive techniques and lively discussion to explore what it means to be a trustee and empower you to discover what value your unique voice could be to your community.

Kyra Hall-Gelly MBACP is a founding member of NeuroTribe UK- an empowerment organization for neurodiverse families. She is a BACP registered therapist using the arts, and diversity & inclusion consultant to youth organizations, arts education and grass roots companies. Kyra lectures in Counselling at Kingston College, London

Angela El-Zeind is a Brighton-based theatre director, performing arts lecturer and workshop facilitator who has collaborated with a variety of organisations and clients worldwide, in the arts, education and corporate sectors. She is the founder and director of Speak Up! Act Out! cic, a company committed to creating thought-provoking and challenging theatre, exploring issues of oppression and social injustice

For details and to book go to Eventbrite 

 

In addition to this campaign we will also be holding our annual Governance Advice Surgeries. Information on these will be added to this page in due course, so do keep checking back!

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