Helen Dudley CBE

Helen is a former senior civil servant, having worked as HR Director in the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office. She was responsible for the talent development of senior leaders across the Civil Service.

Helen has been a trustee of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, Guildford and Waverley Crossroads Care and the Whitehall and Industry Group.

How well prepared did you feel when you took up your first trustee appointment?

“Not very! It was very much a case of learning on the job”

What advice you would give to a new trustee?

“Make time to meet all the trustees individually, do the same with the executive team, and go out and meet staff, volunteers and service-users to learn as much about the organisation and the issues it faces as you possibly can. Don’t just rely just on what you are told – see it for yourself.”

What satisfaction do you get from your work as a trustee?

“It is hugely enjoyable, always challenging and very rewarding to be involved with organisations providing highly valued support often to individuals facing difficult challenges in their lives.”

What are your aspirations for the Trustee Academy?

“That it becomes a recognised way of helping trustees to become very engaged and highly effective.”

Professor Chris Cornforth

Chris Cornforth is Emeritus Professor of Organisational Governance and Management at the Open University Business School in the UK. He joined the School in 1988 to develop an innovative new management programme for people working in the voluntary sector. His research has focused primarily on the governance of voluntary and non-profit organisations.

He was part of a team commissioned by the UK Government’s Home Office in 2003 to develop a strategy for improving the quality of governance in the voluntary and community sector, and served on the steering groups overseeing the development and implementation of national occupational standards for trustees. He was a board of the Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and was a board member and then Chair of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN).

He has published widely in academic journals and books, and in a range of publications for practitioners. He co-edited the book ‘Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches’ published by Routledge in 2014.

Chris was a founder member of Oxfordshire Co-operative Development Agency and served as a board member and then Chair for a number of years. He was a board member of Oxford Citizens Housing Association from 2004-12. He is currently a board member of the Association of Chairs.

“The demands on charity trustees are growing: regulatory regimes have been tightened, the funding environment is increasingly competitive and organisations are being challenged to demonstrate their impact.

Relying on how things have been done in the past or on simple prescriptions is unlikely to be adequate to meet these challenges. Trustees and their boards need to invest in their own learning and development. The Trustee Academy aims to help trustees build the competences needed to be effective.”

Matthew Reed

As Chief Executive, Matthew has been responsible for the leadership and management of The Children’s Society since May 2012 after two years as Chief Executive for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Prior to this Matthew was a director at Christian Aid.

Matthew is passionate about social justice, opportunity and inclusion. He is now leading The Children’s Society to develop its work with many of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the UK through further tackling the effects and causes of child poverty and neglect. Matthew is also the independent chair of the Birmingham Commission on Child Poverty.

Matthew has a degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, a degree in Engineering and Management from the University of Nottingham, and a Masters in Management from the University of Surrey.

He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the RSA, and a trustee of Children England and a former Trustee of the Children’s society. He lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and two teenaged children.