Bringing together Trustees and Committee members 
of voluntary organisations in Cheshire East.

The CVS Trustee Network brings together Trustees and Committee members from charities and community groups of all sizes to talk about the issues and challenges facing them in their role as Trustees and for their organisations.

Network meeting attendees are able to seek advice from their peers, share good practice and develop in their role as a Trustee. The network meets at least twice a year with a different topic of discussion each time, decided by the network members. 

Next Trustee Network: Wednesday 9th September 2020, 3:00pm-4:30pm (Zoom virtual meeting)

This CVS Trustees Network will focus on Charity Law update for Trustees.

Our guest speaker will be Graeme Hughes of Brabners, Solicitors, in  Liverpool. Graeme is a legal expert in the specialist field of charity law and will be providing a thorough update on key issues and changes that trustees need to be aware of. 

Brabners is the only full-service law firm in the North West with a team of solicitors dedicated to advising charities on charity law and governance. The Legal 500 – which ranks lawyers by reference to their practice area and location – describes Brabners as having the “very best charity lawyers in the North West”.

Graeme Hughes advises on all aspects of charity law, in particular, the establishment and management of charities, the incorporation of unincorporated charitable trusts and associations, compliance and administrative matters, fundraising matters and trading by charities, governance issues including amendments to charities’ governing documents and charity mergers, restructures and reorganisations.

Graeme also advises on dealings with the Charity Commission, including statutory inquiries and on trustee/membership disputes within charities.

Graeme acts for charities of all sizes, operating both domestically and overseas. Clients include; museums and galleries; grantmaking foundations; sports clubs; hospices and care providers; educational institutions; social housing providers; environmental organisations; religious charities including churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship; youth and community centres; and many more.

For more information please see Brabner's website here

This will be a zoom virtual network is free and open to all Cheshire East Trustees. 

To book yourself a place at the Network please click below! You will be sent Zoom dial-in information closer to the Network date.

 
 

 


Our Previous Meetings:

 

Trustee Network - Wednesday 13th May 2020, Zoom virtual meeting 

At this virtual Network we considered issues facing trustees during the COVID-19 situation and had an open discussion with trustees about challenges and difficult situations - to find solutions together.

 

Charity Employment Law - Wednesday 12th February 2020, New Life Church, Congleton

 

By popular request this Network focused on Charity Employment Law.

Topics covered included:

  • ‘You can sack anybody with less than 2 years’ service, can’t you?’
  • Engaging volunteers – legal issues to be aware of and can volunteers be paid for the roles they undertake?
  • The implications of using Trustees / Directors to deliver projects on a sessional / self-employed basis
  • The basic documentation required for employing staff
  • Sessional workers and zero-hours contracts – key issues to be aware of.

Our guest speaker was Susan McKenzie, employment solicitor at Brabners LLP

 

Charity Finances  and Trustees - Tuesday 5th November 2019

By popular request this Trustees Network meeting focused on CHARITY FINANCES.

We looked at key items trustees should be looking for when they read accounts; restricted and unrestricted funds and how to manage these; forecasts versus actuals; managing reserves and how to treat assets and their depreciation as well as other relevant topics.

Our guest speaker was Andrew Hague, partner of local accountancy firm, Howard Worth.

As well as managing client audits and providing general accountancy advice, Andrew specialises in charity finances, growing businesses and accounting IT systems. Andrew has numerous clients using online cloud based accounting systems and specialises in advising firms in using their technology more efficiently. He is renowned for devising pragmatic solutions to resolve difficult situations. For more information, please see Howard Worth’s website here


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