Board Diversity and Inclusivity category

This award is for organisations that can demonstrate diversity within their board membership, and a commitment to being inclusive. We are looking for diversity in its broadest sense: diversity of approach, based on differing life experience, culture, ethnicity, disability, professional or sector background, age or other factors. We are looking for charities where this diversity complements the specific nature of the charity and its work –for example, the range of beneficiaries and the organisation’s scope, strategy and values.

What the judges are looking for

The judges will be looking for boards that can demonstrate that they have attracted a broad range of suitable trustees and supported them all to participate effectively. We will be looking for evidence of board culture which welcomes different opinions but is able to conclude discussions in a consensus for effective decision making and good governance. This award seeks to demonstrate how truly diverse and inclusive boards have a positive impact on the organisation and its performance.

The entry must focus on the work of the main board, but if any sub-committees or other governance groups outside the main board made a contribution, you are welcome to tell us about that in your response.

Inspiration for your entry

You can read about the 2016 shortlisted entries and the judges’ reflections in our e-book and you can listen to podcasts from the six winning charities talking about governance in their organisation and their award win.



“While it was the trustees that won our award, the whole of the organisation was absolutely delighted”

Leap Confronting Conflict

Winners of the Board Diversity and Inclusivity category, Charity Governance Awards 2016

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