Can Lord Nelson teach us a thing or two about leading charities to victory?

Michelle Wilkes

24 October 2013

All high jumpers used to jump forwards, until one dared to jump backwards, according to the latest TV ads, but it appears that more historical figures have been challenging the rules long before Dick Fosbury.

As Lord Horatio Nelson led the British fleet to one of the largest naval victories ever recorded in the history of mankind, he said:

‘Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat’.

His attack challenged the rules of tactics, replacing precision for weight, swiftness for bulk and he manoeuvred his fleet with speed and flexibility through a raging battle to triumph.

So what can we take from this, and what has it got to do with charity?
On 5th March 2014 Wilkins Kennedy will be hosting the Kent Charities Convention at Chatham Historic Dockyard – the same date 208 years after Nelson led the British fleet to victory. Could his ethos of challenging the rules apply to you? Could your charity benefit from a radical overhaul?

At Wilkins Kennedy, we take a fresh look at the world of charity finance and we aim to provide the right setting for you to obtain innovative ideas and tool kits for guiding your organisation forward.

The half day conference offers both Trustees and senior management exclusive workshops, round table and panel discussions, giving a fresher approach to fundraising and finance.

More information will be available soon, so keep an eye on our website for details.
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About Michelle Wilkes

Michelle Wilkes

Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in the accounting profession, having begun her career in a London based firm. She joined Wilkins Kennedy as a Partner in the Not for Profit group in 2006 and is Head of the firm’s Academy Group. Michelle has devoted her career to working with a range of academies, charities and not for profit organisations, providing audit and compliance advice as well as specialist guidance on governance, strategic and policy issues. As Head of the Academies Group, Michelle is actively involved in the sector, helping schools that are converting to Academy status and providing continuous advice for those already converted; in addition, she provides governance training for governors and trustees.

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