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keynote presentation given in Sept 2009 as part of Dept of Health's national 'right to request' programme

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governance in social enterprise

  1. 1. Governance in Social Enterprise . . . in 20 m inute s! Adrian Ashton www.adrianashton.co.uk
  2. 2. But first some thanks...
  3. 3. In less than 20 minutes I'll cover a subject that... ...has over 39,900,000 hits on google ... has over a dozen different codes & standards Adrian Ashton
  4. 4. NOT another diagram Adrian Ashton
  5. 5. - Why bother spending time on this? - What influences it? - How do you make it work? - How do you involve people? - How do you pay for it? Adrian Ashton
  6. 6. How do you spell governance? P – Power A - Accountability R - Relationships Adrian Ashton
  7. 7. Where can it go wrong? Minority in charge – less people become involved as they perceive 'usual suspects' running the show 'Mission drift' – people get less involved because they become disillusioned Illegal actions... - most corporate failures in sector attributed to governance failings Adrian Ashton
  8. 8. What influences it? - internal - Legal form (x13) powers of regulator (x4) - Board members - Staff - Members Adrian Ashton
  9. 9. What influences it? - external - Where the money comes from - Legislation - Expectations of others Adrian Ashton
  10. 10. How to do 'good governance'? - Comprehensive induction for ALL - Regular reviews and reflection - Looking at how others do it Adrian Ashton
  11. 11. Involving people in governance - Opportunities at ALL levels - Support (training, expenses, feedback) - Transparency and openness at each level Adrian Ashton
  12. 12. Does it all sound too expensive? - Governance is a legal requirement - Governance can make or break an enterprise - It can and should be budgeted! Adrian Ashton
  13. 13. What now? - Navel gazing - Talk to each other - Seek support Keep thinking about it! Adrian Ashton
  14. 14. The (m y) 2 golden rules: 1. NEVER choose your legal form because of someone else 2. ALWAYS keep thinking about your P,A,R. Adrian Ashton

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