Leadership, Management, Trustees, Personal development, Governance, Trustees

It’s a Battle on the Board

Wouldn't charity governance be so much easier if it wasn't for all of your fellow trustees?

Available to pre-order now, published October

Being knowledgeable and experienced as a trustee is important, but having the ability to interact effectively with fellow board members, that is where good governance really starts. Get it wrong and, very quickly, you’ve got a battle on the board.

Debra Allcock Tyler’s approach to this challenging subject is characteristically engaging as she adopts a different ABBA tune as the theme for each chapter. Frank and real-life examples firmly to the fore, she mixes leadership theory with practical advice delivered straight from the shoulder.

What does it cover?

It includes:

  • Understanding the trustee role
  • Working with fellow trustees and the CEO
  • Compliance and regulation
  • Dealing with information and understanding the money
  • The psychology of decision-making
  • Managing risk and handling crisis

So, if you are a trustee or about to become one, you will benefit from the insights and hard-won wisdom distilled in this book. If you want to be the dancing queen (or king) of good governance and avoid a waterloo for your charity, then this book is for you.

Who is this book for?

Newly baked and established trustees and CEOs striving for harmony on the board. Also valuable for senior managers.

‘Debra Allcock Tyler’s new book on charity governance is like none other on the topic. The style is frank and down to earth. It has very useful good practice materials and concentrates on the all-important people issues that so easily lead to dysfunctional governance. A must for all charity trustees, especially more experienced ones.’

Lindsay Driscoll, Charity law and governance consultant


‘This book tells it like it is on a charity board and is full of wisdom and practical tips, delivered with Debra’s trademark positive energy. Even a small dose will make you a better trustee.’

Philip Kirkpatrick, Partner, Head of Charity and Social Enterprise Department, Bates Wells


‘This is a brilliant, personal primer for board members on how to combine best practice and process with emotional intelligence and the human factor. It’s like a long, lively conversation with a warm, empathetic, very experienced and astute fellow trustee.’

Dr Andrew Purkis, trustee, Directory of Social Change, former Charity Commission and board member and former chair or vice chair of seven UK charities

About the author

Debra Allcock Tyler

Debra Allcock Tyler is CEO of the Directory of Social Change and an experienced chair and trustee of many charities over her long career. Author of several books on management and leadership, she has many years’ experience of training and coaching boards, chief executives and top teams. She is a popular public speaker, has a regular monthly column in Third Sector magazine and has appeared on Radio 4’s The Moral Maze.

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