Key governance contacts

ACEVO: Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations  |  Tel: 020 7014 4600

ACEVO provides a range of support, training and information on governance best practice and procedure.  A wide variety of resources are available including events, publications and consultancy.  ACEVO also hosts the ImpACT Coalition, a group of charities, looking to improve the accountability and transparency of the sector.

ICSA: Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators  |  Tel: 020 7580 4741

A good site for models, checklists and forms all in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format available for members. Visit their ‘Products and Services’ tab and look under ‘Not for profit’ in the Knowledge and Guidance section.  Also provides general guidance relevant to the not-for-profit sector.

NCVO: National Council for Voluntary Organisations  |  Tel: 020 7713 6161

Provides a very wide range of trustee and governance information. Look up their ‘Governance and Leadership’ resources under ‘Advice and Support’. The site allows you to e-mail pages, so if you find something useful, it’s easy to share.

NCVO provides guidance on governance on their website at:

NCVO also publish hardcopy texts such as ‘The Good Trustee Guide’.  Check out their publications list where you can search by topic or by title, or call them for the latest brochure.

NCVO run a variety of micro-sites on specialist areas of work to help you meet others with similar interests, swap ideas and keep up to date.  These include:

Small Charities Coalition (merged with Charity Trustee Networks 2011)  |  Tel: 020 7391 4812

Small Charities Coalition provides a range of information, support, mentoring and networking opportunities especially for smaller charities and their trustees.  These include bulletins, a list of training and development opportunities, advice and guidance on a one to one and group basis, resources and access to networks.

Charity Commission  |  e-mail (preferred):  Visit the ‘Contact’ page to submit a query electronically

The place for the definitive legal regulator’s view for charities.  The Commission’s many free publications help with a wide range of topics including financial management and reporting as well as providing model governing documents and registration information.

DSC: Directory of Social Change  |  Tel: 0845 077 77 07

A main provider of publications and training on all voluntary sector matters.  DSC publish most of the well-known hard copy funding directories and also run four funding web programmes including ‘’.

Sign up for their free e-news bulletin on the web site for regular updates or call for a brochure.

Companies House  |  Tel: 0303 1234 500 (national call rate)

If you’re considering setting up as a company and you want a basic view of what’s involved, this is a good place to start.  If your organisation is already a company, then this is a site you should familiarise yourself with.

There’s a huge range of guidance booklets on companies, directorships and reporting requirements as well as all the forms you’ll need.