Risk management for charity trustees

The open event

A unique one-day workshop

Every charity faces risk.

The role of the trustees and senior management in understanding, responding to, and taking risks is a vital one for the success of a charity.

This workshop with Rachel Bowden is designed to improve understanding of risk and risk management, and to help trustees use risk information and insights to make informed decisions.

Rachel Bowden

Dates to book

Venue: British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS 

Dress code: smart casual

Risk management for charity trustees

A one-day workshop

Learning objectives

This highly interactive workshop will help you develop your personal understanding of, and approach to:

  • The role of the trustees in assessing the risks facing the charity
  • Oversight of the risk management process and the organisation’s internal control systems
  • Evaluating risk, focusing on opportunities as well as potential negatives
  • Making informed decisions based on a sound understanding of risks and opportunities.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for trustees. It is also suitable for those individuals who work closely with boards of trustees.


A thoroughly enjoyable, very practical one-day session (9.30 – 4.30).

Expert trainer

Rachel is an experienced governance, risk and assurance specialist.  She works with boards and senior teams to improve governance and risk management, recognising their core role in delivering value to organisations and stakeholders.

Rachel’s specialist focus is on risk management and assurance, helping boards ensure they understand the risks, and opportunities in delivering their strategy and value.

Workshop outline

1 Understanding risk

  • Core concepts and jargon-busting
  • Cause and consequence, describing risks
  • Models for risk management

2 Trustees’ responsibilities

  • Setting the risk appetite and culture of the charity
  • Putting a sound risk and control framework in place
  • Risk at the heart of informed decision-making
  • Risk and charitable purpose
  • Questions that trustees should be asking

3 Identifying and responding to risk

  • Horizon and environmental scanning
  • Top-down and bottom-up approaches to risk identification
  • Understanding opportunities
  • Where should trustees get involved?
  • Roles and responsibilities

4 Assurance

  • How do we know what we think we know?
  • Introducing assurance and sources of assurance
  • How much assurance is enough?

5 Reporting and information

  • Interpreting risk registers and reports
  • Turning risk data into management information
  • Driving risk themes through the trustees’ board agenda

Dates to book

Venue: British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS 

Dress code: smart casual

This workshop can also be run as a series of half-day modules.

For individual trustees, it can be run on a one-to-one basis; click here for more details.

If you’ve got any requirements at all around risk management for charity trustees, please just give us a call on 01582 463465 to talk it through.