Proud to be ‘Best Trustee’ in the Social CEOs Awards

On Thursday 16 November the Social CEOs Awards took place at JustGiving, who were one of the sponsors alongside TPP Recruitment, Lightful and Grant Thornton. Now in its fifth year, the awards celebrate CEOs and leaders in the charity sector who use social media to champion their cause, raise awareness, break down barriers and have conversations.

The top 30 Social CEOs are not ranked but there is one overall winner. The other categories are:

Best Trustee on Social Media
Best Leader on Social Media
Best Rising Star on Social Media
Best Digital Leader
Best Digital CEO

I am absolutely delighted, proud and honoured to have won the Best Trustee category! Find out who all the other winners and the top 30 Social CEOs are.

Kirsty Marrins Best Trustee on Social Media in Social CEOS Awards

Photographer: Dan Papworth-Smyth

As a Digital Communications professional, I use social media and digital daily. It’s part of my life and part of who I am so naturally, as a trustee of the Small Charities Coalition, I use these channels and my networks to promote the work of the charity and raise our profile.

I would encourage every trustee to get on social media and talk about their charity, their impact and just have conversations. It can make a huge difference. Many of my fellow trustees at Small Charities Coalition and our Chair, Julia Kaufmann, are active on social media and all our staff are too. In fact, our CEO Mandy Johnson – who has only been in her role for four months, made the top 30 Social CEOs Awards list! I’d like to think that, although we may be small, Small Charities Coalition is a shining example of how everyone in the organisation is responsible for raising our profile and using our networks and influence to best serve our members.

Social media is a great leveller. It puts us all on an even playing field, whether you’re at a large charity or a small one. Many of the winners in the Social CEOs Awards this year are from small charities!

Kirsty Marrins and Mandy Johnson of Small Charities Coalition.JPG

After my award win I was whisked away to give a few words on why more trustees should embrace social media.

Read this excellent article by Mandy on the role of social media for a charity CEO. Mandy also regularly shares her thoughts and views on her YouTube channel. If you’re a CEO, particularly of a small charity, I really recommend subscribing to her vlogs.

A big thank you to the co-founders of the Social CEOs Awards, Matt Collins of Platypus Digital and Zoe Amar of Zoe Amar Communications for recognising the need for these awards – to celebrate those doing social media well and to encourage other leaders to see the benefit and to get on board.

‘Embracing Digital’ category added to Charity Governance Awards 2017

The Charity Governance Awards 2017 are now open for entries and a new category, ‘Embracing Digital’, has been added for 2017. This new category recognises charity boards who have successfully embraced the opportunities that digital offers, and harnessed them to innovate or improve its activities. And there’s £5,000 to be won!

charity-governance-awards-2017

There are seven categories in total and charities from all sectors can be in with a chance of winning one of seven £5,000 prizes of an unrestricted grant. Read all about last year’s Awards here.

To enter, a charity must have been established before 31 December 2013 and be registered in the UK. Charities may submit a single entry into only one of the following categories:

  • Board Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Embracing Digital
  • Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk
  • Improving Impact – charities with 3 paid staff or fewer (including charities with no paid staff)
  • Improving Impact – charities with 4–25 paid staff
  • Improving Impact – charities with 26 paid staff or more
  • Managing Turnaround

The deadline for entries is 23.59, Friday 13th January 2017 so enter now.

The Charity Governance Awards are FREE to enter and shortlisted entrants will receive a complimentary invitation to the official awards ceremony in London on 24th May 2017. They are organised by The Clothworkers’ Company in partnership with charity think thank and consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), volunteer matching charity Reach, and recruitment specialists Prospectus.

Good luck!

Congratulations to the Third Sector Awards winners

On Wednesday, 14 September, I attended the 12th Third Sector Awards at the Lancaster London Hotel. The awards celebrate the achievements of charities, and their partners, and was hosted by comedian Mark Watson.

This year I was a judge in the cateogies: Brand Development, Digital Innovation of the year and Annual Report and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Huge congratulations to the winners in my categories:

Brand Development: Breast Cancer Now
Digital Innovation of the year: Amnesty International UK for 360º Syria
Annual Report: Brain Tumour Trust

There were 27 awards in total – Read about all the winners here and congratulations to them all.

Personally, I was delighted that Refuge won Communications Team of the Year. I think the work that they have done around the Archers storyline and Paul Trueman’s fundraising campaign, in particular, has been phenomenal.Well done!

refuge-team

Photo credit: Third Sector.

Judging the Third Sector Awards

This year I am honoured to be a judge in the Third Sector Awards. Unfortunately I cannot reveal the three categories I helped to judge but I had a wonderful morning at Third Sector’s offices in London recently with my fellow judges, reviewing the entries and making our final selections to then be shortlisted.

It was great to see lots of familiar faces, such as Rob Dyson, Morgan Martins and Reuben Turner as well as finally meeting some people in person, like Kate Sayer and Andy Hillier.

Third Sector Awards 2016

There were some really strong entries and I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I hope next year a new category will be added – Digital Fundraising. I best suggest it!

The Awards take place on Wednesday 14 September at the Lancaster so be sure to follow the hashtag #TSawards to see who all the winners are.To all who entered… best of luck!

Announcing the Charity Governance Award winners

Last night I attended the inaugural Charity Governance Awards at the Clothworkers Hall in London. The awards were organised by the Clothworkers’ Company in partnership with Reach, Prospectus and NPC (New Philanthropy Capital).

I’m delighted these awards exist as it’s important to recognise good governance. Usually the only time we hear about governance is when it’s bad and it all goes horribly wrong.

By shining a spotlight on the best of the sector, we want to demonstrate how effective governance can transform a charity and even more of the lives of its beneficiaries.

Charities were invited to apply for the awards and there was a two-stage judging process. The fourteen judges boast a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector and included Dawn Austwick (Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund), Tony Cohen (Chair of Barnardo’s) and Janet Thorne (CEO of Reach Volunteering).

The six winning charities will share in the £30,000 prize pot, each winning a £5,000 unrestricted grant.

The winning charities represent a diverse range of subject areas including youth work, heritage conservation, mental health support, palliative care, and community improvement. I was really impressed with what the boards of these charities had achieved and all the charities shortlisted were worthy winners but of course, there can only be one…

Winners:

Board diversity and inclusivity

Leap Confronting Conflict, winners at Charity Governance Awards (photo by Kate Darkins).jpg

Improving impact – charities with 0-3 staff

Robert Thompson Charities, winners at Charity Governance Awards (photo by Kate Darkins).jpg

Improving impact – charities with 4-25 staff

Improving impact – charities with 26+ staff

St Cuthberts Hospice, winners at Charity Governance Awards (photo by Kate Darkins).jpg

Embracing opportunity and harnessing risk

Managing turnaround

Moasic Clubhouse, winners at Charity Governance Awards (photo by Kate Darkins).jpg

The 2017 Awards will open for entry on 6 October so make sure you put your Board forward.

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the Boards shortlisted!