Knowledge sharing is a key part of Bayes CCE’s mission to inspire positive transformation and change in the nonprofit sector.

We are pleased to provide links to a range of related reports and research which may be of interest.

Challenges in Contemporary Governance

Looking through a shared lens: Five explorations

These reports present the learning and insights gathered from CCE’s ‘Challenges in Contemporary Governance’ series of Chair/CEO discussions, which took place during 2019-20.

The short reports present each of the five exploration topics plus a summary of themes and insights from the series as a whole. These will be published weekly from 3rd November 2020.

The full report ‘Looking through a shared lens: Five explorations’ includes the complete exploration and insights summaries together with an Introduction by Professor Lynne Berry CBE and Alex Skailes of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, and details of further related resources.

Read the full 'Looking through a shared lens: Five explorations' report published 8 December 2020

Read 'Reflections: Themes and rare insights' published 8 December 2020

Read 'Exploration: Strategic leadership' published 1 December 2020

Read 'Exploration: Organisation change and culture' published 25 November 2020

Read 'Exploration: Partnerships and Collaboration' published 17 November 2020

Read 'Exploration: Relationships between large and small nonprofts' published 11 November 2020

Read 'Exploration: Leading in turmoil' published 4 November 2020

Chair/CEO partnership through crisis

This article examines the challenges and opportunities inherent in the vital Chair/CEO relationship in the nonprofit sector.

The thinking in this article emerged from a series of discussion forums, entitled ‘Challenges in Contemporary Governance’, held by CCE during 2019-20 for invited Chairs and Chief Executives of national charities, and a CCE presentation at the Civil Society Trustee Exchange online conference held in July 2020.

Further articles based on themes and learning from those discussions will be published by CCE in due course.

Chair/Chief Executive: working together to build resilience


Challenges in Contemporary Governance: Looking through a shared lens

CCE recently hosted a webinar focusing on the partnership between the Chair and CEO of nonprofit organisations and exploring the recent CCE publication of the same name.

The session was hosted by Visiting Professor, Lynne Berry, and Senior Visiting Fellow, Caroline Copeman. They were joined by a guest speaker, Sean Hanson, Chair of Education Support.

Watch a recording of the event.

Download a copy of the slides from the webinar.

Audience responses to question: 'What questions should boards and senior teams be asking now as we contemplate both sort and long term challenges?'

Trustees and Leaders

Lived experience on nonprofit boards

The inclusion of those with experience of a charity's cause gets straight to the heart of great governance.  This online resource aims to encourage and assist nonprofit organisations who are striving to ensure the full participation at board level of those with lived experience of their organisation's cause. Includes insights from contributors across the nonprofit sector, CCE explorations of key topics, case studies and useful links.

Taken on Trust

Taken on Trust: the awareness and effectiveness of charity trustees in England and Wales (2017)

This report presents the most comprehensive picture of trusteeship in a generation, this report recommends that charity boards do more to promote diversity and encourage applications from trustees from non-traditional backgrounds. The research found that charity trustees, who are overwhelmingly volunteers, feel positively about their role and about the personal reward and satisfaction it gives them, and highlighted that trustees' contribution to charities amounts to a monetary equivalent of around £3.5 billion a year.

Voluntary action

Voluntary Action: A way forward (2017)

Professor Paul Palmer described this report by the Business School CCE Visiting Professor Sir Stuart Etherington as “a bold vision for the role that voluntary action can play in tackling many of the problems facing UK society, sustaining civil society organisations and ensuring that we remain an open society”.

Read the full Voluntary Action report.


Beyond Reason: Brexit, Philanthropy and the Threat to Democracy

In this research paper, Dr Peter Grant, Course Director for the Charities Master's programmes at Bayes Business School, considers the likely impact of the UK leaving the European Union around the three key referendum issues of the economy, sovereignty and immigration. It suggests some of the ways charitable organisations and private philanthropy should respond, in particular regarding potential threats to British democracy.

Download CCE's Brexit Research paper

Charity Finance

Charities in a dynamic world

Insights from the Bayes CCE-Barclays ‘Charity Learning’ series

This report by Lynne Berry OBE, Visiting Professor at Bayes Business School, presents key learning from a series of six round table discussions hosted throughout the UK by the Business School CCE in 2017. It looks at how to upskill the charitable sector in financial management, and covering topics including collaboration, sustainability, efficiency, risk appetite, use of reserves, and innovation and scalability.

Download the full insights report