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Charities in the digital age - Black Country Museum style

More than 40 charity trustees and ICAEW members gathered in the historic Black County Living Museum (featured in many scenes from Peaky Blinders amongst other things) in October to hear from three leading speakers in the latest local committee event for members.

L-R: Clive Bawden, Kirsty McEwan, Henriette Lyttle-Breukelaar, Gerard Fisher, Craig Edmondson.All three talks focused on the impact of digital transformation on charities and their governance. First, leading charity legal expert Kirsty McEwan spoke about recent changes in governance, trustee duties and fundraising guidance changes (in light of new regulation in the sector).

Following Kirsty was Henriette Lyttle-Breukelaar, Director of Innovation and Marketing at leading regional charity Extracare who gave a case study touching on their digital transformation journey, its pitfalls, challenges and opportunities. To round off an engaging afternoon, Astrid Data Protection founder Gerard Fisher updated delegates on GDPR, in particular its impact one year on and some simple lessons learnt by trustees elsewhere which could be applied even now to reduce risk.

Delegates then retired to the renowned Fish & Chip parlour made famous in Peaky Blinders and will have returned home much fuller, as well as wiser, from the latest local committee briefing.