Building diverse charity boards

Carla Whalen, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, charity law and not for profit team,
Carla Whalen
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The need to increase diversity on charity boards is widely acknowledged. Research by the Charity Commission in 2017 found that 7 out of 10 trustees are men and the median age of charity trustees is 61 years.

We know that bringing together trustees with a range of skills, experiences, and perspectives can deliver multiple benefits and a lot of charities have set targets to improve diversity on their boards. But how do you make those targets a reality?

In this webinar, Carla Whalen looks at how charities can take pro-active steps to build more diverse and inclusive boards while also complying with their legal duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Carla is a senior associate in the charity team. She assists clients with HR matters including:

  • employment status and IR35
  • staff handbooks, policies and procedures
  • employment contracts, consultancy agreements and volunteer agreements
  • flexible working and family rights including maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave
  • performance at work and absence management
  • staff disputes, disciplinary and grievance processes
  • safeguarding reports and investigations
  • discrimination, victimisation, harassment, bullying and whistleblowing issues
  • organisational change, restructures, mergers, redundancies and TUPE (the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations)
  • termination, unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, breach of contract and settlement agreements
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