Charity digital entries impress in 2017 Charity Governance Awards

New Embracing Digital category impresses judges

Austin Clark | 13th Apr 17

The shortlist for the Charity Governance Awards 2017 has been announced, with 21 charities from across the UK – including the likes of Dementia UK, Prisoners’ Education Trust and the Royal Opera House – in the running to receive one of seven prizes from a £35,000 prize pot.

The shortlisted charities represent a diverse range of subject areas including LGBTQ, prisoners, homelessness, medical care and support, disability services, the arts, and more.

A 20-strong judging panel shortlisted the entries and will select a winner in each of the seven categories. The winners will be announced at the official awards reception in London on 24 May 2017, with former cabinet minister Sir Vince Cable delivering a keynote speech.

Charity Governance Awards 2017 – Shortlist

Board Diversity and Inclusivity

  • George House Trust
  • MindOut
  • Voluntary Arts

Embracing Digital

Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk

  • Body & Soul
  • Changing Futures North East
  • Winner, the Preston Road Women’s Centre Ltd

Improving Impact – charities with 3 staff or fewer

  • Green’s Windmill Trust
  • Peters Community Wellbeing Projects
  • The INSPIRE Foundation

Improving Impact – charities with 4-25 paid staff

  • FutureVersity (Tower Hamlets Summer Education)
  • Key4Life
  • Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET)

Improving Impact – charities with 26+ paid staff

  • St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital
  • Step by Step Partnership Limited
  • Treloar Trust

Managing Turnaround

  • Dementia UK
  • Kentish Town City Farm
  • Off the Record (Bristol)

Michael Howell, Chair of the Trusteeship Committee at the award organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said: “Congratulations to all of the shortlisted candidates – they provide the third sector with sterling examples of what can be achieved with excellent governance.

“The recent report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities recommended that charities focus on trustee skills, board diversity and the use of digital technology on their trustee boards; so we are delighted to select and showcase some brilliant examples of charities tackling these very issues.

“Entries to our brand new category ‘Embracing Digital’ have been particularly forward-thinking and we hope they will provide inspiration for organisations now seeking ‘digital trustees’, as recommended in the Select Committee’s report.”

The Charity Governance Awards are organised by The Clothworkers’ Company – a City Livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – in partnership with not-for-profit consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), volunteer matching charity Reach, and recruitment specialists Prospectus.

The 20-strong judging panel boasts a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector. The judges include Michele Acton (CEO, Fight for Sight), Dawn Austwick (CEO, Big Lottery Fund), Tony Cohen (Chair, Barnardo’s), Vicki Hearn (Director, Nominet Trust), Vinay Nair (Co-founder, Lightful), Dan Corry (CEO, New Philanthropy Capital), Janet Thorne (CEO, Reach volunteering) and David Gold (CEO, Prospectus) among many other notable names.

More details on the shortlisted entries can be found here and you can follow the awards on Twitter using hashtag #charitygov17.