Trustees’ Week: Trustees’ Question Time

Date: 3 November 2020
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online (Zoom)
Training & Events

Join Hunts Forum and CCVS for a novel Trustees’ Week event, inspired by the BBC Question Time political panel show and the move to virtual meetings in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hear from a panel of experts, discussing topical issues around trusteeship raised by our voluntary sector members.


Members of CCVS and Hunts Forum will be given the opportunity to ask questions when booking.

Additional questions from the audience will be taken on the day depending on time constraints.

All questions not answered will be taken away by CCVS and Hunts Forum staff and answered where possible.

The Panel

Chair: Elizabeth Forbes, Trustee at CCVS

Elizabeth Forbes is a retired public sector senior manager and a qualified executive coach. She has extensive experience of working with a variety of voluntary and public sector organisations. She has served as a volunteer member of Cambridgeshire’s Youth Offending Panel and is currently a trustee of both CCVS and an Arts Foundation in Norfolk.

Virginia Henley, Head of Charities, Education and Social Enterprise, Hewitsons LLP

Virginia graduated in Law at Cambridge University and has a Master’s degree in Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature from Oxford University. She has also run her own successful business. Virginia is a member of the Charity Law Association and has an active interest in the development of the sector. She is a school governor and a trustee. Virginia specialises in advising charities, universities and schools, and a wide range of not-for-profit organisations on the core legal, regulatory and governance issues they face. This includes close support on governance, re-structuring, policies and procedures, registrations, trading, fundraising, the role of trustees, disputes, contracts, commercial arrangements, constitutional documents, collaborative working and mergers, risk management and general charity law. Having been a trustee of a number of charities herself, Virginia has a particular interest in governance issues and the many challenges facing trustees. She is very familiar with the range of practical concerns affecting charities and their need to be kept fully informed and updated to ensure effective compliance with their legal responsibilities. She has been involved in a number of Charity Law Association working parties, and regularly delivers trustee induction and refresher training. Apart from charity law, she loves running in the countryside and playing her French horn (not at the same time).

Monica Brown, Head of Charity Advisory and Programmes, Charities Aid Foundation

Monica is an experienced senior charity executive with extensive experience of working in and with the voluntary sector. She leads CAF’s grant making and consultancy advice for charities and legacy programmes. She has held a number of senior positions including as Assistant Director for Trident Reach the People Charity where she had responsibility for leading on strategic change for the charity, growing their social investment business ethos and some aspects of service delivery; 12 years as the National Head of England for BBC Children in Need contributing to the strategic direction of the charity, managing a significant fundraising/grant making portfolio across England and extensive stakeholder management. This was preceded by roles as a Business Analyst and Senior Grant Manager for the Community Fund (BIG Lottery) and the Head of the Community Development Unit for South Birmingham College. She also has experience of youth training, community development and working with young offenders.In her spare time Monica mentors young people who have been disaffected by the education system and/or life in general.

Anthony Wheeler, East of England Ambassador for the Young Trustees Movement, Chair of Trustees of Cambridge Student Community Action.

Anthony first became a trustee at 20 and is passionate about empowering young people and breaking down barriers. He’s part of the 1% of trustees under 26 and 3% under 30. At 25, he is Chair of Trustees of Cambridge Student Community Action a charity supporting disadvantaged groups in the local community through group and 1-to-1 projects and providing students with a valuable learning experience. He’s also the East of England Ambassador for the Young Trustees Movement where he works with charities to embark on a journey of change to diversity their boards and supports young people into trustee roles, aiming to double the number of young people on trustee boards by 2024. Outside of trusteeship, he’s a CIM and MBA qualified marketer working as the International Marketing and Communications Manager at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Patricia Rose, The Diversity Trust

Pat Rose is part of the Windrush generation who came from the Caribbean to the UK as child in the sixties. The challenges of growing up in a predominantly white working class background inspired a lifelong commitment to Equality and Social Justice.

Pat studied at the University of Bristol and has a background in Social Work and Criminal Justice. She has worked as a Trainer and as a Practice Teacher for Social Work students. Her current role is based in an NHS service working to make healthcare accessible to homeless people.

Throughout her career in the Health and Social Care sector she has supported people with complex needs such as addiction, trauma and homelessness. She has a reputation of being able to connect and work with those who are seen as “hard to engage” In 2014 Pat was nominated for a BBC radio 4 “All in the mind” National Award. Out of hundreds of nominees she won the Mental Health Professional Award.

Pat’s interests include exploring our countryside and coasts, spending time with family and friends, listening to music and dancing (mainly in her kitchen).

Information and Booking

This event is free to attend.

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Additional details

Question Time style event for Trustees’ Week for trustees, those considering being a trustee and anyone with an interest in charity. People from CCVS and Hunts Forum member organisations can submit questions prior to the event.

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