Charities are facing a complex new reality as a result of Covid-19. To ensure its programmes are fit for purpose, DMSF has further developed its governance framework thanks to an innovative partnership project with the Young Guns Leadership Programme at Laing O’Rourke.

The Young Guns development programmes is designed to fast-track high-potential employees into leadership roles and create senior leaders of the future. It provides employees with the opportunity to work on enterprising and innovative projects.

In 2020 the Young Guns team selected DMSF as their chosen project.

It was the team’s job is to provide DMSF with the information they needed in relation to the future governance of the organisation, ensuring probity, risk management and transparency are of the highest order and controls are in place to ensure that opportunities align with the Foundations’ strategy.

The new post-Covid environment is characterised by increased pressures and demands from stakeholder groups, heightened expectations for societal engagement, and radical uncertainty about the future.  These factors can complicate board decision-making and a future model of governance needs to be thorough and thoughtful, but delivered in an efficient manner, when considering key issues

The teams worked together for 12-months and the Young Guns recently presented the DMSF Executive Team with their recommendations. This included an organisational ‘Playbook’ and a governance structure, using SPRINTS as the tool.

The playbook explains the fundamentals of DMSF, and the document is aimed at our partners, clients and sponsors; it will provide them with information about who we are, the programmes and benefits we deliver, where and how we operate and insights into our finances.

The SPRINTS framework will help DMSF manage risk and makes sure that our programme of activity remains core to what we do and ensures that core controls are in place.

I can’t thank the team enough for this tremendous piece of work.  Despite not having a single face to face meeting [as a result of Covid-19] they have understood and captured our values, culture and positivity brilliantly. 

The commitment [from the whole team] and the tools they have developed will enable DMSF to move forward with our ambitions and more importantly, with a clear sense of direction in which to head.

Diane Modahl

CEO and co-Founder, Diane Modahl Sports Foundation