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The shortlist for the Charity Governance Awards 2017 was announced today (7 April 2017).  Twenty-one charities from across the UK – including the likes of Dementia UK, Prisoners’ Education Trust and the Royal Opera House – are in the running to receive one of seven prizes from a £35,000 prize pot.

The shortlisted charities represent a diverse range of subject areas including LGBTQ, prisoners, homelessness, medical care and support, disability services, the arts, and more. A 20-strong judging panel shortlisted the entries and will select a winner in each of the seven categories. The winners will be announced at the official awards reception in London on 24 May 2017, with former cabinet minister Sir Vince Cable delivering a keynote speech.

The Charity Governance Awards are organised by The Clothworkers’ Company – a City Livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – in partnership with not-for-profit consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), volunteer matching charity Reach, and recruitment specialists Prospectus.

The 20-strong judging panel boasts a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector. The judges include Barrow Cadbury Trust’s CEO Sara Lllewellin, Michele Acton (CEO, Fight for Sight), Dawn Austwick (CEO, Big Lottery Fund), Tony Cohen (Chair, Barnardo’s), Vicki Hearn (Director, Nominet Trust), Vinay Nair (Co-founder, Lightful), Dan Corry (CEO, New Philanthropy Capital), Janet Thorne (CEO, Reach volunteering) and David Gold (CEO, Prospectus). (See for a full list of judges).

Charity Governance Awards 2017 – Shortlist 

Board Diversity and Inclusivity

 Embracing Digital

Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk

Improving Impact – charities with 3 staff or fewer

Improving Impact – charities with 26+ paid staff

Managing Turnaround