Who I am (professionally)

Making charity governance more effective


My official potted biography


Dorothy Dalton is a leading expert on governance and advises several charities, chairs and CEOs. She has written several books on governance. She was founding editor of Governance: essential information for effective trustees from July 2005 to January 2016


With a ‘first’ in mathematics, Dorothy, a former Headteacher, was chief executive of ACEVO, the association of chief executives of voluntary organisation from 1992 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003 she was a non-executive director of the Inland Revenue. In September 2014 she became chair of governors of the Petchey Academy in Hackney. She has been a trustee of many charities including Marie Curie and has been chair of trustees of the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLt) and chairman of governors of Orley Farm School Trust. She is a fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation and International Students House. She founded the Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLt), the Network of Women Chairs, and Groundbreakers: Voluntary sector women leaders.


Publications written by Dorothy:


•Good Governance: a practical guide for trustees, chairs and CEOs

(ISBN 0719900018 published by NCVO £25)

•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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