London South Bank University Centre for Government & Charity Management
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About the CGCM

  1. Aims
  2. Objectives
  3. External Liaison
  4. Background
  5. Inaugural Lecture
  6. Visiting Professors/Lecturers/Fellows have included...
  7. Funding

1. Aims

The Centre for Government & Charity Management has been developed to encourage and facilitate study into the distinctive characteristics of voluntary organisations and the Not for Profit Sector. It does so by:
  • The provision of a Masters and ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) teaching programme which allows practitioners to follow a programme of taught study. In the case of the Masters this culminates in participants undertaking a piece of research
  • Encouraging staff both within the University and external experts to participate in research to support dissemination
  • Undertaking research projects, sometimes externally funded to further our knowledge of charitable and not for profit organisations
  • Initiating and developing links with the Voluntary and not for profit sector
  • Building up awareness and links internally within the University and across faculties
  • Developing links internationally and participating in the international aspects of University development.

2. Objectives

  • Increase the research and teaching expertise within University in the interlinked fields of management in charity, other non profit organisations and public services
  • Contribute authoritatively of the expansion of the 'non profit' field of academic study, through our multi-disciplinary base
  • Locate our researching and teaching activities in these field firmly within the experiences of and allied to the needs of those managers working in these sector.

3. External Liaison

The Centre has active communication with the following organisations where staff and Masters students have undertaken a variety of research projects:
  1. The Charity Finance Directors Group
  2. The Institute of Fundraising
  3. The Association of Chief Executives of National Voluntary Organisations
  4. The National Council of Voluntary Organisations
  5. The Charity Commission

4. Background

CGCM was formed through a merger of two former research centres within the Business School; the Centre for Public Services Management and the Centre for Charity and Trust Research.

Centre for Public Services Management (CPSM)

The Centre for Public Services Management was founded in 1992, it built on the extensive involvement of London South Bank University's Business School in the higher education of managers across a wide spectrum of public and voluntary organisations. Its primary areas of research interest are the concerns of managers working in and for the delivery of personal public services and the public policy/public management structures and mechanisms for delivering those services and for securing change. It aimed to conduct and disseminate research in the field of public and voluntary services management, with particular emphasis upon human services. It focused on studies which are timely for the practising manager.

The Masters of Public Service Management became a long standing and well respected standing part time Masters degree in the Business faculty. It was only superseded by the new Masters in Public Administration in 2004.

The Centre for Charity and Trust Research (CTTR)

Despite having an income greater than the agriculture industry, the charity sector is often little understood. The first Masters course only began in 1992 at London South Bank University .

To support their teaching within a research literature the charity course staff founded the Centre for Charity and Trust Research (CCTR) in 1995. External funding from accountancy firms and financial institutions enabled a number of research projects to be undertaken, which has established the CCTR as a national Centre for charity research and teaching. External funded research projects have included projects for the Office for National Statistics as part of a consortium mapping the income and expenditure of the sector with Aston and Kent Universities and the National Voluntary Organisations Councils. Other funded research projects have included the first survey to establish the extent and composition of the sales of goods and services by charities and for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Research Foundation a study of the information needs of charity trustees.

In 1998 support from accountants Kingston Smith saw the appointment of a senior research fellow (Stephen Lee) and the CCTR extending its teaching and research base from a focus on accounting and financial management to the raising of funds and marketing by charities. The CCTR now supports two masters' degrees respectively in Charity Accounting and Financial Management and Charity Marketing and Fundraising. The CCTR has also developed in association with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators a Certificate in Charity Management and ran short courses. Charity course teaching drew upon the expertise across the entire business schools utilising the skills of staff in seven of the nine Business School's divisions. Within the business school the CCTR worked closely with the Centre for Public Services Management jointly on funded research projects.

A feature of the CCTR was the involvement of external leading practitioners and forging relationships with commercial organisations, which provide services to the sector. These included accountancy firms: Arthur Andersen/Binder Hamlyn, BDO Stoy Hayward, Howarth Clarke Whitehill, McIntyre, Frazer Russell, Kingston Smith and Levy Gee. City Financial Institutions Lazards, Flemings, Philips and Dew, Chiswell Associates and Fitch the ratings agency. Bank involvement included Barclays, Allied Irish Bank and Unity Bank. Active involvement with the 'trade bodies' of the sector was very close notably with the Charity Finance Director's Group and the Institute of Charity Fundraising Management. In 1997 the CCTR hosted the NCVO research conference on the voluntary sector.

5. Inaugural Lecture

The Centre's official beginning was marked by the Inaugural Lecture, given by Stuart Etherington, CE of the NCVO, 15 September 2002.

6. Visiting Professors/Lecturers/Fellows have included...

Mark Davies, Relationship Manager, Unity Trust Bank, Neil Finlayson, David Prescot, Ben Motor Allied Trades, Benevolent Trust, Former Chair of CFDG, Pesh Framjee, Greyham Dawes, Horwath Clark Whitehill Robert Venables, Bircham & Co, Former Charity Commissioner Redmond Mullin, Redmond Mullin Ltd Tony Elischer, Burnett Assocs Richard Radcliffe, Smee & Ford Ltd John Rodd, John Rodd Assocs. Stuart Etherington, NCVO, David King, Cancer UK, Steve Round, Hurlestons, John Harrison, UBS, Mathew Simpkin, Robert Silverman, Mark Freeman, Charity Business, Geoff Miller.

7. Funding

CGCM derives its funding from the following sources:
  • Course fees
  • Externally funded research projects
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Internal support from the Faculty of Business
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