The third sector relies hugely upon the commitment of the thousands of people who serve as Trustees.  However, increased media scrutiny, rising demand for services and tightening finances are all adding pressure on charity Boards.

We can help support you in your governance duties and challenges. db associates undertakes training for individual boards and for members of Hospice UK. We also run workshops on how Trustees and senior staff can operate in partnership and we facilitate strategic planning sessions

In addition, we are an approved consultant with Digi-Board, the on-line governance review tool which uses custom analytics to provide detailed insights into a charity’s governance practices and performance. 




With a growing sense that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, many organisations are now looking at their longer term strategy. db associates recently worked with St Catherine’s Hospice, Preston on their board away day.



‘The Trustees were keen to understand how our new strategy related to the challenges facing the hospice sector in these unpredictable times. With several new additions, they also wanted to be updated on their duties and responsibilities. David was an excellent lead facilitator. His knowledge and experience of the hospice sector and charitable governance proved of real benefit and really helped ensure the success of our time together.‘  Lynn Kelly, CEO        


db associates advised the Salford Foundation how to resolve a challenging governance issue relating to a subsidiary and the nature of its relationship with the parent charity. 

'David provided us with expert support around some complex governance issues which were difficult to navigate. He demonstrated that he was very knowledgeable; perceptive; solution focused; and sensitive to the human and interpersonal dimension of difficult issues. I would highly recommend David to other charities who need an objective and external view of affairs, delivered with professionalism and discretion. '  Phil East, CEO, Salford Foundation 

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Digi-Board is an on-line tool that uses custom analytics to provide detailed insights into a charity’s governance practices and performance. Participants answer questions based not only on the eight principles of the Charity Governance Code, but also other important areas such as income generation, digital, board culture and safeguarding. Respondents can rate present performance, identify areas of improvement and add their own specific comments.

The results provide rich, detailed assessment of your current performance and show areas of strength and weakness to help you plan future board development activities. You can also see any contrast in the perspectives of trustees and directors. Moreover, you can benchmark your results against those of the other charities who have used the tool.


‘David is one of our most highly valued and trusted associates for so many reasons. We have shared values, which we live and work by. He inspires total confidence in that he will deliver what he says he will, when he says he will; all with a keen attention to detail and that extra something that we look for – taking care of clients and their needs.’  Helen Michaels, CEO & Co-Founder 

db associates worked with Lewis Manning Hospice to undertake a governance review using Digi-Board. Clare Gallie, CEO, said, 

‘The tool and resulting report have proved an extremely effective way to review our governance practice and identify areas of current strength, as well as those we can improve further. The quality and depth of data that comes out is very helpful, as is having an independent, expert perspective to  interpret the results and make recommendations. I would certainly encourage others to undertake a Digi-Board review.’ 

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