In addition to the final guidance on fees charged after the death of a resident, the Competition and Markets Authority has published draft advice to help care homes understand their wider obligations.
Good governance is fundamental for any effective organisation. In addition to being at the heart of the accountability arrangements, governing bodies are also the key vision setters and strategic decision makers.
Our team has extensive experience of supporting a wide range of not-for-profit organisations develop their governance arrangements and capability and is nationally recognised for this work. Whether you are looking for support in relation to multi-academy trust arrangements, collaborative and joint venture projects, trading companies or with governance generally, our team has a wealth of practical experience and knowledge to offer.
And for academy trusts, we have developed a governance checklist package.All academies are required to publish a ‘Governance Statement’ in their annual accounts and this must include a review of their governance arrangements.
The governance checklist helps governors to:
- see at a glance their principal duties and obligations;
- undertake the necessary annual review;
- improve the effectiveness of their board meetings; and
- put a clear audit trail in place in anticipation of the next Ofsted inspection.
The checklist is based on the contents of ‘The Governors’ Handbook’ published by the Department for Education and draws on our extensive experience of helping academies sharpen the quality of their governance.
- Governance reviews providing strategic and operational support;
- Governance training to support the development of effective boards and leadership teams, understanding legal duties and effective decision making;
- Regulatory support to ensure compliance with OFSTED, EFA and DfE requirements; and
- Constitutional matters including day-to-day operational support and advice on conflicts of interest.
Anthony Collins Solicitors took the time to understand the complex requirements of our membership organisation and its democratic principles. The work required was completed very efficiently within a challenging time frame. In addition we were guided through some of the practical details surrounding implementation in a most helpful way. I would have no hesitation in recommending Anthony Collins Solicitors to any organisation undertaking a similar process.Ceri Davies CEO Nottingham Trent Students’ Union
If you are looking for a way to identify the strengths, weaknesses and development opportunities with your academy’s governance, I would suggest looking no further than the Anthony Collins Solicitors Governance Checklist – I cannot recommend it highly enough.Gary Hargreaves – Finance Director, Q3 Academy
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