Russell-Cooke's charity and social business team's topical debate for 2014 was "This house believes that the public does not understand the role of charities or their regulator".

Hosted at the Southbank Centre, participants included William Shawcross Chair of the Charity Commission, Sir Stuart Etherington Chief Executive of NCVO, Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE, Chief Executive of RNIB and Chair of ACEVO and Joe Saxton founder of nfpSynergy.

The debate was chaired by Andrew Studd, partner in the charity and social business team.

It could have been easy to agree with the motion in a mood of defeatism but the impassioned participants all drew out different ways that the sector could continue to tackle any misunderstandings and boost public trust and confidence.

Find out how the debate unfolded and what the participants thought of the motion.

The debate was reported by Third Sector and Civil Society.

More information on the Charity and Social Business team can be found here.