The Charity CEO Podcast


Sophie Livingstone, MBE

Managing Director, Trustees Unlimited: Making Governance sexy! 

“Your job as a Trustee is to be a custodian of the higher purpose of the mission and vision of the organisation.”

Sophie is currently Managing Director of Trustees Unlimited. Over 20 years she has served in a number of governance positions: as Chair of Little Village, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of Generation Change, Trustee of the Royal Voluntary Service, Trustee of Street Kids International UK, Trustee of Rural India School Enterprise (RISE) and Chair of Governors of John Milton Primary School. She is the founding CEO of City Year UK, a charity enabling young people to tackle inequality through doing a year of voluntary service in schools. 

Sophie sees herself as a social entrepreneur, passionate about collaborating with others to address social injustice. She was awarded an MBE for ‘services to charity’ in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Ep. 7 Sophie Livingstone MBE, Managing Director, Trustees Unlimited

Trustees Unlimited: Making Governance sexy!

‘Sexy’ is not normally a word one associates with charity governance. This conversation is about how the function of governance can be truly inspirational and what organisations can do to attract more diverse talent to their Trustee Boards. 

My guest Sophie Livingstone has extensive experience on both sides of the charity boardroom table. Over the past 20 years she has served on Boards of numerous organisations and was the founding CEO of City Year UK. Sophie was recently recognised with an MBE for ‘services to charity’ in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

In this episode we highlight the importance of representation and role models in leadership. Sophie talks about the development of an ‘Inspire List’; a list curated to celebrate and showcase Trustees of diverse backgrounds and from different walks of life. We also discuss the dynamics of power in Boardrooms and different structures for effective governance.

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