Evaluating Board Effectiveness: a step by step approach to achieve maximum impact

Evaluating board effectiveness is vital to achieving peak performance. The success of the evaluation process can either stand or fall on how it is designed, how indicators for success are agreed and how the recommendations emerging from the process are discussed, agreed and implemented. Participants in this board evaluation masterclass will explore the essential steps to carrying out a successful board effectiveness process to bring about lasting results.

How can you determine a board’s fitness for purpose, how can the board recognise and celebrate vital achievements, how can the board be fully engaged in governing the organisation? Participants will examine different types of evaluation to strengthen board performance (i) collective board tools to evaluate performance (ii)individual board assessment (ii) organisational assessments

Areas to be covered:

  • What can be embraced by a board evaluation and performance review exercise?
  • What are the pitfalls and benefits of a board effectiveness review?
  • Why do you need a board performance Review?
  • How can you carry out a review to achieve maximum results and make the most of board evaluation
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of committees
  • Designing the board evaluation framework - What steps should you follow?
  • How can the board deal with resistance and reluctance to undertake the process
  • Shaping constructive recommendations
  • Putting together an action plan
  • Successful outcomes – measuring the success of a performance Review
  • How board evaluations can be used to enhance accountability and transparency
  • Putting together your own toolkit

By the end of the masterclass participants should be equipped to carry out and participate in the process in their own organisations or the specific situation in which board evaluation is required.

Who should attend: Chairs (boards and committees), board members, chief executives, members of the senior management/leadership team, heads of governance, consultants, governance advisors and individuals who support boards

“I can’t recommend this course enough. I came thinking that onboard would hold back some of the expertise and tools. I have come away fully equipped to carry out this exercise myself. Thank you for your generosity.” (Delegate, Evaluating Board Effectiveness 2014)


Tesse Akpeki (FCIS)

Tesse Akpeki, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, is a consultant in leadership, management, governance and personal development. She heads the Bates, Wells and Braithwaite London LLP’s Onboard Governance Development programme. For thirteen years she played a role in shaping the governance programme at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Attending a one-year leadership development programme run by Learn As Lead, San Francisco, USA, she completed intensive training on Community Development and Appreciative Inquiry and is a fellow of Creating the Future (USA). A qualified coach, facilitator and mediator, she brings a practical slant to the work she undertakes. Working with over 1000 non-profit boards nationally and internationally, she acts as a Leadership Coach, and undertakes governance reviews. She has authored 20 governance books and blogs for Civil Society Media. She has also studied with Nancy Kline, author of More Time to Think, A lawyer, she has served as a non-executive director and is a Governor of International Student House and Chair of its Governance Committee. Clients have included TimeWarner International, The Home Office, Amnesty International, Citizens Advice, NCVO, National Trust, BACP, Fostering Network, WaterAid, Action Aid, National Trust, UnLtd, Migrant Help, Charity Aid Foundation, Centre for Strategy and Communication and Centre for Charity Effectiveness to name a few.


9:30am: registration

10:00am: Introductions. Different types of assessments. Why have a board assessment? Who to involve?

11:45am: Break

12:00pm: Steps to achieve effective board evaluation. A focus on a variety of formats

1:30pm: Lunch

2:15pm: Collating the results and analysing the findings

3:30pm: Break

3:45pm: Pulling it all together, drawing up an action plan and evaluating the process

4:30pm: Wrap up

5:30pm: There will be the opportunity to network with peers until 5:30pm


The price is £185, excluding VAT. 

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