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Beryl Hobson

Beryl Hobson - photoBeryl has worked at board level in three sectors – as a Marketing Director in the insurance industry, as the chair of 2 NHS Trusts in the public sector, and as a CEO, Trustee and Chair in the voluntary/ third sector. She has a particular interest in how boards work, and how the performance – and behaviour – of the board can affect the impact of their organisation.

In her role as Head of the Large Charities Division at the Charity Commission, Beryl worked with the boards of many high profile charities to improve governance. During her time at Chair of a NHS PCT she developed a board assessment tool for NHS boards to assess their own performance, which was subsequently used by NHS boards across the Strategic Health Authority area.

She has been the Chair of the NCT, the UK’s largest parenting charity. Previous trusteeships include Pilgrim Hall Conference Centre and Womankind Worldwide, where she was Vice-Chair.

Beryl left the Charity Commission in January 2012 to set up PGS, and since then PGS has dealt with many charities on a wide variety of interesting and complex governance issues.  Beryl has written articles for Governance magazines and other media, and is a regular contributor to Civil Society’s Trustee Exchange and other training course.

She is currently Chair of the Queen Victoria NHS Foundation Trust in East Grinstead.

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Lynn Cadman

With over ten years’ experience in charity law, regulation and governance Lynn has provided guidance on an extensive range of governance issues and the legal framework in which charities must operate.  Although she has worked with charities of all shapes and sizes, Lynn spent most of her seven year career at the Charity Commission working within the Large Charities Division. She provided bespoke one-to-one guidance to charities with an annual income of £5m-£600m as well as providing legal authority for a broad range of matters such as alterations to governing documents, land transactions, and significant transfers of assets. Lynn also worked within the Commission’s investigations function, seeing first-hand the impact that poor governance and insufficient controls can have on a charity.

Since leaving the Commission in February 2012 Lynn has provided consultancy advice and project management to a range of charities, including as an associate of PGS.  Most notably, over the last four years Lynn has worked with the Royal British Legion, initially as a consultant and then Head of Department, to transform its management of >700 charitable trusts of which it is trustee.  This included introducing new policies and procedures for accounting, property management and governance as well as unlocking c.£40m from restricted funds that were no longer effective in meeting beneficiary need.

Lynn is also a trustee of a small charity in Haringey and has experienced the joys and challenges of being a charity trustee and a volunteer.

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David Kirby

David Kirby b&wDavid is a qualified solicitor specialising in advice to charities and social enterprises.  He has a broad range of experience having worked as a solicitor in private practice, as a Legal Advisor for the Charity Commission and as Head of Governance & Legal at Samaritans.  This combination has enabled David to develop a thorough appreciation of the challenges facing charities and the need for clear and cost-effective solutions to legal issues which arise.

David also has served on the boards of charities and is currently part of the core team of a micro-finance social enterprise.  This focus on the charity and social enterprise sector both professionally and personally reflects David’s passionate support for the vital work of these organisations.

In 2016, David founded a new legal practice aimed at providing high-quality but affordable legal support for charities and social enterprises.  Through this practice, David is able to offer advice and support across a number of areas including new charity registrations; incorporations, mergers and restructures; governance and compliance obligations; and general charity law and business issues.

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Christel Hawkins

ChristChristelel has over ten years experience working in and with the not-for-profit sector, with a wide variety of charities. During her time at the Charity Commission she worked in a number of roles but the majority of time she undertook investigations into charities where there had been a failure of governance, providing Christel with a profound insight into the importance of strong leadership and solid governance and how to achieve this in practical terms.

In 2011, Christel was appointed Vice Chair and subsequently Chair of a children’s mental health charity, Carefree Kids, that provides support to children with a range of emotional and mental health issues. In this role she initiated a governance review leading to the introduction of active risk management, skills-based trustee recruitment as well as strategic planning at board level.

Since leaving the Charity Commission in 2012, Christel has worked as an independent consultant advising a range of organisations on governance. This includes a number of national sport governing bodies in her role as governance manager at UK Sport. Being passionate about ensuring good governance through skilled boards, Christel has also managed the establishment of a volunteering website, dedicated to enabling charities and qualified accountants to connect. In her current role as a risk and governance adviser to a mental health charity that work with excluded young men in North London, Christel advises both the board and CEO on legal requirements and best practice in charity governance as well as risk management.

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Daryl Martin

Daryl photo b&wAn established voice in the voluntary sector, Daryl Martin has served as a trustee for a wide range of charities of different shapes and sizes. He has played various key roles with a number of organisations, and is currently on the board of a private school. He now heads a team of specialists serving numerous charities across the UK. Daryl himself specialises in the important work of governance for smaller organisations, particularly the roles of board and management and how they interact. A trouble-shooter and problem solver, he is often called on to steer charities through their challenges. He sends out a monthly bulletin to nearly 10,000 subscribers and regularly blogs on charity and other issues.

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