• Dorothy Dalton Governance

    Independent, honest, practical advice based on over 35 years as chair, chief executive and trustee and the study of governance.

I offer a range of governance support for charities including:


I train trustees, trustee boards, chairs of trustees, chief executives and others interested in governance.

Governance Reviews

In-depth anlysis. All reviews are tailored to the needs of your charity.

Governance Health Checks

Giving an overview of your current governenace procedures and processes

Independent chair of a governance review committee

Ensure objectivity by having an external independent chair.

Board effectiveness reviews

Questionnairs, interviews, feedback, reports and recommendations

Independent member of appointments panel

an independent, objective, dispassionate person to assist when appointing a new chief executive

Appraising chief executives

Helping boards to appraise their chief executive

Help with documentation

Writing of specifically tailored governance documents

Listening ear

One-to-one confidential support and advice for chairs of trustees and chief executives on governance matters.

Financial Governance

A gentle guide for the non-financial charity trustee

A little bit about Dorothy Dalton

governance specialist, adviser, writer and editor


Dorothy Dalton is a leading expert on governance who has written several books on the subject. She was editor of Governance: essential information for effective trustees from July 2005 to January 2016.

She is currently Chair of Trustees of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity and former Chair of Governors of the Petchey Academy. She has been a trustee of many charities including Marie Curie. From 2000 to 2003 she was a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue. She has been a Headteacher and charity CEO.

Dorothy was awarded the Leonard Cheshire Lifetime Achievement Award for enabling disabled people. She was nominated for the 1995 UK Woman of Europe Award for her work in the Voluntary Sector and she is an Honorary Life Member of ACEVO.


  • Financial Governance: a gentle guide for the non-financial charity trustee
  • Good Governance: a practical guide for trustees, chairs and CEOs
  • Recruiting a New Chief Executive: a guide for chairs and trustees
  • The Board’s Responsibility for Appraising the Chief Executive
  • Good Governance: The Chair’s Role
  • Good Governance: The Chief Executive’s Role

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