There’s a reason social movements aren’t sparked by traditional, top-down organisations. It’s down to power and control. It’s a question of governance.

We advocate for a progressive approach to organisational governance.

Our expertise lies in:

  • Boardroom cultures and how to change them
  • Decision-making processes and how to democratise them
  • The demands of trusteeship and how to take brave decisions
  • Regulatory and compliance issues and how to navigate them
  • Inclusive meeting structures and reporting routines
  • Power dynamics and how to overcome stalemates
  • Developing new governance systems that create accountability over bureaucracy

Our track record

Losing Control

We co-convene this peer-led network exploring ways of working that share power more equally, that are collaborative, grassroots-led and participatory.

Young Trustees

We’re helping young people and charity leaders to mobilise for better charity boards.

Get Wired

We created GetWired, a conference and report devoted to bridging the gap between the charity governance and technology sectors.

Get Raising

We led a project to increase the fundraising skills, experience, and confidence of trustee boards.

Our governance experts

Esther Foreman

Esther Foreman


Esther is a former trustee of the National MS Society and the House of St Barnabas.

Betsy Dilner

Betsy Dilner

Principal Director

Betsy is a trustee of Generation Rent.

Bob Thust

Bob Thust

Governance Associate

Bob is a trustee of Local Trust and Treasurer of the Bevy community-owned pub in Brighton.

Mita Desai

Mita Desai

Young Trustees Programme Manager

Mita is an organiser for the Young Trustees Movement and a former charity trustee.

Our approach

Traditional ‘command and control’ organisational models are faltering. But new models and methods are emerging.

Tech start-ups, design firms and grassroots movements are finding new ways of working.

Our cross-sector experience allows us to employ fresh approaches to governance, decision-making and people management.

This includes:

  • Flat hierarchies
  • Dispersed leadership
  • Collective decision-making
  • Grassroots participation
  • Devolution of power
  • Diversity and plurality

“One of the biggest challenges for us was when we received funding, and suddenly being faced a dynamic that we weren’t used to. How do you make decisions? How do you involve everyone?

You move from being a child to suddenly being an adult. Suddenly, you have responsibility on a much larger scale. When you’re entrusted with a large sum of money, it’s all about accountability.”

William Nicholson

Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership