Cass CCE is committed to improving governance across the non-profit sector. Our Governance support and review service offers non-profit organisations and their trustees the opportunity to draw on our unparalleled range of expertise and experience to help achieve the highest standards of governance.

"Getting your governance structure right, taking time to understand the dynamics of Board relationships and regularly reviewing your governance processes are fundamental to the success of your organisation. Without good governing practices, your beneficiaries will suffer." - Fiona Ash and Caroline Copeman, Cass CCE Governance Experts

We have recently published a new article on the topic of Challenges in Contemporary Governance

Board and governance reviews

We offer a range of governance reviews, based on our tried and tested framework, but tailored to meet your specific needs.  These range from a full review across all key governance areas, to a review of a particular area or a ‘refresher’ (a light-touch assessment following an earlier full governance review.

Board development programmes

Aimed at medium sized non-profit organisations and covering key governance topics, we can offer a range of exploratory and incremental programmes over an agreed period, which would particularly benefit chairs, trustees, chief executives and those who fulfil a governance function in their organisation.  Benefits for the organisation include driving organisational change, developing new knowledge and generating new thinking about governance, enhancing governance skills, and gaining the optimum balance between governance and operational requirements.

Bespoke, targeted interventions and support

Tailor-made services and support to help with specific governance-related issues that non-profit organisations may encounter.  These might include help with an away-day, a board training or information session, support for strategic planning, exploring a board’s approach to risk and finance, support at major change or other key organisational transition points, mentoring for Chairs, or specialist training for the key partnership between the Chair and Chief Executive.

Our approach

Our experienced Cass CCE consultants specialise in nonprofit governance.  Cass CCE has worked with scores of boards from different sub-sectors at different stages of development so we understand how different approaches work in different contexts and we tailor our approach for each client’s unique circumstances and resources. We don’t just talk about boards - we serve on them and understand the reality.

Our commitment to good governance

We are delighted that the Charity Governance Code has focused attention on continuous improvement in governance of non-profit organisations.  Applying the seven Code principles will help charities and their trustees develop and maintain high standards of governance.

As part of our commitment to improve governance across the sector, we have cultivated the Honorary Treasurers Forum and the Association of Chairs.

Our consultants Fiona Ash, Caroline Copeman and Christine Fogg have written a series of new and updated Cass CCE Building Better Governance guides which cover the essentials of nonprofit governance.

We have also recently published articles on the topic of Challenges in Contemporary Governance.