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Lord Mayor's Legacy

 The Lord Mayor's Charity Leadership programme

The Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme was spearheaded by Nicholas Woolf, the Lord Mayor’s Consort in 2014, to increase the number and effectiveness of charity Chairs and Chairmen. It was run as a partnership between Cass CCE, the Macquarie Group Foundation and Mazars. The LMCLP also received support from City Bridge Trust, Coutts and Trustees Unlimited.

The LMCLP consisted of six events. The events included lectures at Mansion House, debates arond the City and the first ever Charity Chairs Conference. The Lord Mayor for 2014, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, opened each event.

You can find out more about the Programme by downloading the brochure (link to overview) or by joining the LMCLP 2014 Legacy Group on LinkedIn.

Each of the three guides below were designed during the course of the LMCLP.  They aim to be part of the ongoing support for Chairs and Boards within the nonprofit sector.

This guide is aimed primarily at those who are working within the private sector and who wish to take up a trusteeship or other volunteer roles within the charity or nonprofit sector. It is also recommended for those who wish to recruit from outside the sector.

We hope that through reading this guide you will learn how best to use the skills and experience of people, irrespective of their sector background.

This guide focuses entirely on the Chair's perspective and the particular challenges and opportunities of the role.  The guide seeks to provoke both thought and action and will be useful to Chairs and those who support them including Vice Chairs, trustees, Chief Executives and governance advisers.

This guide not only addresses charity law on public benefit, the financial Charity SORP and the Code of Good Governance for Voluntary Sector Organisations, but also explores the rightful concern of the public as to how much of their donations get to the end cause and what difference their donations make to the beneficiaries and to wider society.

Legacy Materials from the Programme Events

Along with the Guides above, we recorded output from each of the events.

The City Giving Lectures (November 2013 - January 2014)

The City's Giving Lectures were two interlinked events given by William Shawcross and Sir Ronald Cohen respectively. They highlighted some of the challenges and opportunities which impact the effectiveness of charities and those that lead them.

  • Download William Shawcross - Revolutionising philanthropy (the role of the regulator)
  • Download Sir Ronald Cohen - Revolutionising philanthropy (Impact Investment)
  • Watch Sir Ronald's lecture

The Debates (March 2014 - September 2014)

The second part of the LMCLP involved a series of three debates featuring a range od speakers and audience members from the public, nonprofit and political spheres.

The Social Welfare Debate (Health)
This debate featured the following panellists:

  • Chris Grayling, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain
  • Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott, OBE, DL, CEO, Tomorrow's People
  • Andrew Barnett, CE, Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Mark Flannagan CE, Beating Bowel Cancer

Download the event write-up (.pdf)

The Social Mobility Debate (Youth)
This debate featured the following panellists:

  •  Matt Hyde, CE, Scout Association
  • Anthony Carey, Partner, Mazars
  • The Rt Hon. the Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC

Download the event write-up (.pdf)

The Social Engagement Debate (Arts & Culture)
This debate featured the following panellists:

  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Parliamentarian and Director of UK Athletics
  • Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre
  • Matt Peacock, CE, Streetwise Opera
  • Rachel Harrington, Associate Director, Strategic Solutions, Coutts Institute

Download the event write-up (.pdf)

The Charity Chairs Conference

The final part of the Programme, the first ever Charity Chairs Conference, was held on 21 October 2014 and comprised three panel debates.

  • Panel Debate 1: Governance and Board Effectiveness
    Chair: Anthony Carey, Mazars LLP)
    • Sir Tom Hughes Hallett (Chair, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation; former CE, Marie Curie Cancer Care
    • Marcus Agius, Chair, Kew Gardens; former Chair, Barclays
    • James Cochrane, former Chair, the British Red Cross
  • Panel Debate 2: Diversity of Boards
    (Chair: Lord Gus MacDonald, Macquarie Group)
    • Alice Maynard, former Chair, Scope; trustee of Association of Chairs
    • Ian Edwards, Chair, JDrf
    • Alex Swallow, Founder, Young Charity Trustees
  • Panel Debate 3: The Chief Executive & Senior Management Teams Relationships (Chair: Denise Fellows, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness)
    • Mike Hudson, Director, Compass Partnership
    • Nicki Shaw, CEO, Princess Alice Hospice
    • Lynne Berry OBE, Vice Chair, the Canal and River Trust