Trustees, Governance, Leadership

It’s a Battle on the Board - Press release

It's a Battle on the Board, published Monday 12 October, is available to purchase in print or download.

12 October 2020 for immediate release

Being a charity trustee is hugely rewarding, but it isn’t always easy. This book will give readers all they need to get through the challenges ahead and be the brilliant board their charity deserves.

It’s a Battle on the Board is the 4th publication authored by DSC CEO, Debra Allcock Tyler, in her management and leadership series. Debra powers through the topics, adopting a different ABBA tune for each chapter and the book also features artwork from the award-winning, Private Eye cartoonist Grizelda.

‘This book tells it like it is on a charity board and is full of wisdom and practical tips, delivered with Debra’s trademark verve. Even a small dose will make you a better trustee.’
Philip Kirkpatrick, Partner, Head of Charity and Social Enterprise Department, Bates Wells


‘Debra Allcock Tyler’s new book on charity governance is like none other on the topic. The style is frank and down to earth. It has very useful good practice materials and concentrates on the all-important people issues that so easily lead to dysfunctional governance. A must for all charity trustees, especially more experienced ones.’
Lindsay Driscoll, Charity law and governance consultant

Being knowledgeable and experienced as a trustee is important, but having the ability to interact effectively with fellow board members, that is where good governance really starts. The book covers:

  • Understanding the trustee role
  • Working with fellow trustees and the CEO
  • Compliance and regulation
  • Dealing with information and understanding the money
  • The psychology of decision-making
  • Managing risk and handling crisis

It’s a Battle on the Board is available for £16.95 at:


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Notes to editors:
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