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Governance

Do you want to strengthen your organisational governance and improve Board diversity?
Eastside People Consultancy Services Governance High Res

Why Eastside People?

Eastside People delivers governance reviews, assesses board performance against good practice, develops action plans for improvements, supports on culture and building strong working relationships at leadership level, and provides skills audits and a Trustee recruitment service.

With a wealth of experience and expertise in this area, we are here to support you to:

  • Understand how your organisation measures up against the Charity Governance Code;
  • Create a better balance between operational and strategic focus on the board;
  • Improve the golden thread of accountability and governance through the organisation;
  • Strengthen the board composition so that it reflects the right diversity, skills and knowledge base;
  • Establish new governance procedures following a restructure or merger.

If charity governance is about one thing, it is about ensuring governance structures allow you to shape your organisation’s strategy and see it delivered.

Whether you want to boost governance performance or fill key roles, we offer a comprehensive approach with advice and insights and an unparalleled recruitment service to bring the right people to your Board.

If charity governance is about one thing, it is about ensuring governance structures allow you to shape your organisation’s strategy and see it delivered

Richard Litchfield, CEO

Additional Governance Services

Governance Review

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We use the Charity Governance Code as the spine for governance reviews (and other regulatory bodies when relevant), but will take a proportionate view choosing together areas for particular focus. We design our approach to be inclusive and provide practical and realistic recommendations for you to implement. We will gather information through desk-based research, robust surveys, conversations with staff and trustees, and group discussions. We will produce and present an independent report with an action plan for improvements, making sure that key individuals are regularly involved and aware of emerging recommendations throughout the project.

Skills Audit

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We work together with Boards to understand objectively the current blend of skills/experience at their disposal, where their strengths lie (and also weaknesses) and then put in place a plan to resolve the gaps in a sensible and timely manner. While there are a million ‘standard’ trustee skills audit templates out there, we find it more effective to tailor skills audits to a charity’s strategy and we have a well-worked process to do this. With a very good understanding of the recruitment market we are also able to make sure recommendations for Board development are based on sensible and realistic timetables.

Board Recruitment

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The highest performing boards are diverse with a good mix of skills aligned to an organisation’s strategy. Our board recruitment service specialises in bringing high-level individuals with business or cross-sector backgrounds onto Boards. We ensure that our approach is fully inclusive by using Applied’s Job Description Analysis Tool and partnering with Action for Trustee Racial Diversity and others to reach a diverse range of potential candidates. We pride ourselves on a simple consistent process, being as thorough and professional as when hiring for paid roles, and spreading the net widely to produce a diverse range of candidates.

Data Protection Service

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Our data protection service is particularly relevant for small and medium size organisations who want to outsource the governance of their data processing by appointing a Data Protection Officer (DPO). Working with one of our dedicated data protection officers we will provide:

  • Regular security audits to ensure compliance and address potential problems
  • Communication support with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)
  • Professional advice on all data protection matters
  • Keep you informed on changes in data protection legislation
  • Keep records of all data processing activities
  • Review and negotiate your agreements/contracts with data processors
  • Keep your data subjects informed about how their data is being used, and coordinating their requests
  • Coordinate your response to any data breaches.

What Our Clients Say

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Speak to our Team

Contact us to find out how our team of charity, social enterprise & not-for-profit consultants and recruiters can help your organisation.

Call, send an email or complete our simple contact form.

Phone: +44 (0) 203 821 6174
Email: [email protected]