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Yvonne Atkinson is a solicitor with 18 years experience of working at board level in large public and private sector organisations. She was a board member of a Housing Association for six years and formerly held the position of Deputy Chief Executive in a local authority. She has also run a successful social business providing training.

Yvonne is a qualified organisation and executive coach and is passionate about governance. Yvonne has developed and written six Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) endorsed governance programmes for the Board Development Agency and has spearheaded their groundbreaking governance review toolkit. Yvonne has also led executive and organisational coaching diplomas with groups and individuals.

Blog posts by Yvonne Atkinson

Report From BDA's Social Value and VFM - conference to consider social value and impact assessment as part of economic regulation and the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

March 1st, 2013 by Yvonne Atkinson

BDA's Social Value and VFM - conference to consider social value and impact assessment as part of economic regulation and the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and the changing focus of commissioning in the housing sector on 27 February 2013 at the Radisson Blu Birmingham was attended by 70 ...

Social Value Act - NEW Cabinet Office Guidance

January 21st, 2013 by Yvonne Atkinson

As I mentioned in my first blog the Public Services (Social Value)  Act 2012 comes into force on 31 January. Please see the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 (Commencement) Order 2012 (SI 2012/3173 (C.124)),   published on 21 December 2012.   The Act introduces a new statutory requirement...

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

January 9th, 2013 by Yvonne Atkinson

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 comes into force this month. It introduces a statutory requirement for local authorities, alongside other public bodies, such as housing associations and ALMOs to the consider the economic, social and environmental well-being of their areas of benefit when pr...

The New Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012- How will it affect your organisation

April 16th, 2012 by Yvonne Atkinson

During BDA's recent ground breaking Conference on Value for Money- Incorporating Social Value, which took place in February, we were pleased to have Chris White M.P. for Warwick and Leamington as a keynote speaker. Chris has achieved what only a few M.Ps dreams –to get their private members bill adopted w...

Three Exciting Governance Conferences across Britain.

August 9th, 2011 by Yvonne Atkinson

Board development Agency are hosting 3 Governance Conferences in September 2011in Birmingham, Newport Wales and Edinburgh.  The Conferences deal with governance and regulatory issues in England, Wales and Scotland respectively. Each has its own topic and identity and will cover issues concerning the...

Social media get involved or be left behind!

September 29th, 2010 by Yvonne Atkinson

Do you still think that social media is a fad? Social media is the number one activity on the web. Facebook has added 200 million users within a year. Fifty percent of mobile Internet traffic in the UK is via Facebook. These facts tell you that you can now no longer ignore social media. As an or...

New era of transparency for Social Landlords

February 4th, 2010 by Yvonne Atkinson

The TSA's new framework is an opportunity for housing organisations to put tenants at the heart of everything they do. I congratulate the TSA on it's approach to governance. What is important to tenants has obviously been reflected in the new standards. Co-regulation is a new form of gover...

Are you on board with residents' scrutiny yet?

January 19th, 2010 by Yvonne Atkinson

Are your residents' scrutiny systems and practices in place yet? By now your organisation will no doubt be well on its was to agreeing your resident scrutiny processes. The TSA's  new Co-regulation requires organisations to have in place effective resident scrutiny. Many of you have something in ...

Our leaders want us to trust them, but do you?

January 6th, 2010 by Yvonne Atkinson

Trust is an important part of good leadership and governance.  Can you trust your leaders not to line their own pockets? But to really have the success of the organisation and it's beneficiaries  such as tenants at the heart of every decision it makes? The Institute of Leadership and Manag...

What does the TSA's co-regulation mean for you?

December 8th, 2009 by Yvonne Atkinson

If there is one criticism of the Tenant Sevices Authority's (TSA) new framework document that I have; it is that it doesn't define co-regulation simply enough.  The June discussion document was better. At our recent action learning events, we have been asked to define co-regulation. The credit card ...