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Time for change? Girlings' seminar on ethical ways of working attracts charities from across the South East.

With public confidence in the charitable sector at an all-time low, leading Kent law Firm, Girlings Solicitors, is holding a seminar on Thursday, 8 November at Broome Park, 3.00pm - 4.30pm Canterbury, for senior staff and trustees of charities and not for profit organisations, to discuss how compliance can be used positively to engender trust and promote good practice within the sector.

The seminar, ‘Compliance Burden or Ethical Good Practice’, has attracted charities from across the South East. Held against a background of a series scandals and complaints which have recently rocked the voluntary sector, the seminar is timed to coincide with the Charity Commission’s publication of its new strategy, and a week ahead of Trustees Week 2018.

Girlings Solicitors’ third sector and governance specialist, Caroline Armitage, whose reputation as a trusted adviser has led to a number of high profile non-executive roles in charities as both chair and trustee, said, ‘I am looking forward to an interactive session with senior representatives from a wide range of charities and not for profit organisations. The future of all charitable work depends on public trust, and regaining this trust is vital. I believe embracing a positive culture of compliance as part of a strategic vision will be key to achieving this.’

Keynote speaker Cate Russell, CEO of Pilgrims Hospices, brings with her a rounded perspective informed by her experience of both the third sector and big business; Cate has worked for over twenty years’ in the health and pharmaceutical industry, joining Pilgrims Hospices in 2015 from French multinational Danone where she was a global leader. Cate said, ‘The charity sector is facing some of its greatest challenges and has to change its ways of working. It can no longer rely on just doing the best it can with the best of intentions. The seminar will focus on the central issue of how do we get our people to embrace regulation and conform to new ways?’

Caroline and Cate will be joined by Susan Robinson, Head of Charities and Not for Profit at Accountants, Kreston Reeves, and other legal experts from Girlings Solicitors; Andrew Watson (Contested Probate), Jeremy Burke (Commercial Property), Charlotte Nock (Lifetime Giving & Legacies) and David Morgan (Employment Law).

Limited places are still available. If you would like to attend, please contact Rebecca Collier, at Girlings

Expect a rewarding and interactive session.

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