Strengthen your governance

“Fiveways quickly built the confidence of our senior management and board and demonstrated a good understanding of the key strategic questions we needed to discuss. Working with Fiveways was both a productive and enjoyable experience and we would highly recommend them to other charities.”

Ian Bretman, Chair of Trustees, Barnet Citizens Advice

Fiveways can ensure your governance processes and systems are fit for purpose. We have experience of working in both Chief Executive and Trustee roles so understand what trustee boards, and their management teams, need to lead their organisations in a fast-changing environment.

Charities are subject to high levels of scrutiny from beneficiaries, staff, funders, the general public, and, increasingly, the media. Whether it is fundraising techniques, roles of trustees, levels of reserves, executive pay, or performance of senior staff, we work confidentially with CEOs and trustees to help them take much needed action on some of the thornier issues faced by the non-profit sector. Many of the challenges faced by charities such as financial difficulties, HR problems, non-compliance and a lack of direction, stem from issues with their governance and leadership.

We can support trustees, Chief Executives and leadership teams to:
• Set a clear long term direction for the charity
• Carry out governance reviews
• Clarify roles and responsibilities
• Facilitate trustee and leadership away days
• Review and draft governing documents
• Develop partnerships and explore mergers with other charities
• Assess areas of risk within the charity through our unique “Stress Test”.

Read our 8 practical governance tips for charity Chairs and Chief Executives
Read about our Governance Review of The Diana Award
Read how we supported a cancer charity to improve its governance
Read how we facilitated trustee away days for a Citizens Advice service
Read how our Governance Stress Test helped a leading mental health charity.