Governance Improvement & Board Development
Comprehensive reviews of your governance framework or custom designed reviews sharply targeted on your improvement priorities. We also offer the Governance Assessment Process, a comprehensive governance health check providing a graded and benchmarked assessment and prioritised action plan.
"We liked the flexibility of the team to make the Review fit the budget and your mature approach to keeping down costs. The sense of where we are positioned compared with other organisations was useful. We appreciated your honesty and willingness to tell us what we are good at and where we could up our game. It was done in a way that was easy to accept. We have done some things already and planned for the rest – it was REAL and USEFUL" Amanda Davies, Group Chief Executive, Seren Group
Drawing on best practice in corporate governance from housing and elsewhere, we provide up to date advice, guidance and active facilitation to help Boards and Board Members assess their performance, evaluate their skills, review their effectiveness and key relationships, and improve the quality of their leadership
"In 2013 Magenta Living decided to undertake a complete review of its governance, reducing board size, amending periods of service and reviewing Board Director reward. At the same time the process of board appraisal was reviewed to ensure a continued alignment of Board Director skills with business needs. The help and advice from Central Consultancy was exemplary and helped Magenta Living ensure the approval of all the recommended changes without difficulty. We look forward to working again with Central Consultancy as part of our drive for continuous improvement." Patrick McCarthy, Deputy Chief Executive, Magenta Living
Executive performance management & remuneration, audits of pay & reward systems, equal pay audits, development of pay strategies & policies, salary reviews & job evaluation support.
Board Advice & Facilitation
We help new Boards or those addressing change issues to develop strategy, structures, and governance frameworks. Our OD specialists can help Boards and individuals grapple with sensitive and difficult issues, tackle issues around working together and address development needs.
"Last night was the first Board meeting since the event and the atmosphere and quality of debate was certainly much improved. Every Board Member participated in a way they were not before the Away Day. It feels like we’ve made a step change” Julia Histon, Chief Executive, York HA
Integrated Board Development Programmes
Customised, flexible in-house programmes or one off sessions, scheduled to make the most of limited board member time.
"This successful series of Masterclasses was developed to meet the needs of our Board - we were not shoehorned into a pre-existing programme. The orbit Heart of England Board is diverse - including residents, health and local government professionals and senior people from the private sector - and every member has got something out of it. We were impressed that it offered a flexible framework which can be varied to meet individual needs - especially so with the coaching support you provided for less experienced Board members, which equipped them to participate on an equal basis. Our new Chair has been impressed by how well the programme has been received" Orbit Heart of England
Leadership development, mentoring and coaching from our qualified board level experienced executive coaches.
Skilling up individuals for whom board level participation is new, this can include assessment of competence and accreditation. This programme clarifies the legal and governance issues arising from any potential conflict of roles, demystifies formal meeting and committee protocols and ‘jargon’, and builds confidence and competence to overcome barriers to full participation.
Co-regulation, enhancing the influence of users in the way services are delivered, and achieving meaningful accountability to tenants, communities and other stakeholders are all challenges for social housing providers. Governance is more than the Board, and Boards need access to evidence from tenants and others to obtain genuine assurance. Effective engagement of residents in scrutiny and decision making at Board level or within the wider governance structure is dependent on partnership working derived rooted in a shared mission and focused capacity building.
Reliable data about strengths and gaps is the best starting point for any development activity. We can support the design, administration and feedback from a range of 360 appraisal tools and approaches ranging from web based questionnaires, through to telephone or face to face structured interviews using a tailored framework based on your organisation’s values and desired leadership behaviours.
An intensive day workshop for Board members and executive teams taking to form of a strategic review
"Central Consultancy & Training managed two strategy development days for the Human City Institute's Board of Trustees. Both days were run extremely well and resulted in an excellent report to the Board summarising how to develop the charity and realise a successful future" Human City Institute