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Virtuous vs Vicious Dynamics: Exploring what Helps and what Hinders Good Governance


Tuesday, 8 November 2016 from 16:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

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Good Governance Masterclass Series 2016

Governance Roles and Relationships: Expectations and Practice

Led by Shirley Otto, MDN in Scotland

(Catering will be provided)


The past decade of ups and downs in the economy, changes in political landscape and the waxing and waning of Government priorities have highlighted the important role of the third sector in local communities across Scotland. The importance of good governance for third sector organisations to successfully fulfil that role cannot be underestimated. Board members who are new to the role and those who are seasoned continue to express their desire for on-going support to understand and carry out their governance responsibilities and to develop their capacity to make decisions and provide leadership in challenging times.


The outputs and benefits of the seminars will be:

  • Identification of available resources and good practice guides with discussion about how they apply in various Trustee roles
  • Discussion stimulated by participant experience in light of recent research
  • Encouraging greater awareness and debate about governance and its significance for the voluntary and community sectors in Scotland

Although the seminars are on a complementary theme, they can be taken as stand-alone events.


Governance 4: Virtuous vs Vicious Dynamics: Exploring what Helps and What Hinders Good Governance

8th November 16:00 - 20:00

Boards of trustees, as with any group in an organisation, are open to the influence of personalities, peer group pressure and are shaped by the context in which they operate. Relations between a Board of part time volunteers and their staff, possibly full time professionals in management and /or in the service provision or policy and campaign, has been described by social researchers as fraught with paradox and dilemmas. To what extent should, or can, a Board control what is done in the organisation? How much is trust the best policy given Boards are so dependent on their staff for information and advice? These and other features of board life will be explored including the research into organisational failure and turnaround. There will be time as well to look at good and best practice approaches to getting and keeping governance robust.

These workshops are aimed at third sector Chief Officers, Chairs and Trustees. Please invite your organisation’s Trustees.

Do you have questions about Virtuous vs Vicious Dynamics: Exploring what Helps and what Hinders Good Governance? Contact ACOSVO

When & Where

Thorn House
5 Rose St
EH2 2PR Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 from 16:00 to 20:00 (GMT)

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Our Vision is: 'Excellent Third Sector Leadership in Scotland'

Our Mission is to:

Shape the future of Scotland's third sector by providing every leader with opportunities to develop, influence and excel


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