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Our mission to create the world’s best tool to bring structure to Board governance for small and medium sized organisations.

" We set out with a simple idea (we thought!) - how do we help those who need to be better at basic governance, but either don't know they need it, or don't know where to start if they do.

Tired of seeing too many promising start-ups, scale-ups and charities fail through silly, preventable mistakes in basic governance and knowledge, we set out to build something practical to help.

In doing so, we appear to have hit the mark so far - I hope we can help you too and are always looking to improve.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to find out more, or indeed, help us get better quicker.  We are always keen to learn. "


Clive Bawden

Founder, Governance360 Group

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What is Governance360?

Governance360 is a governance process guide for leaders who want to sustain growth, improve productivity, and mitigate risk.

Unlike other solutions which can be costly, time consuming and inconsistent in quality, Governance360’s complete toolkit helps small businesses and charities learn, manage and embed strong processes and gain governance confidence.

For many leaders in small business and charities, managing an organisation well is a huge challenge. Fear of not having the right information, making mistakes and exposing the organisation to unnecessary risk is real, and often you are unaware even of what it is that you don’t know, never mind how to address it!

Here Governance360’s founder Clive Bawden, answers a few questions about the business and its unique solution

How did Governance360 come about?

As with many business ideas, Governance360 arose from my own experience. Over the years I have worked as a mentor and board advisor to a number of companies and start-up businesses, and also as a trustee for multiple charities.

I found that while intentions are almost always good, directors are often not held accountable for actions, businesses struggle to keep abreast of regulation increases and training, and governance training is sporadic, time consuming and often inconsistent.

The result of this is that many businesses and charities often put their organisation at risk of things which could have been easily avoided, and end up becoming barriers to their own success!

While larger organisations can take advantage of having a company secretary, or some very sophisticated governance tools, I found that for smaller organisations there was no such solution, which was my Governance360 lightbulb moment.

How is Governance360 different?

As the name suggests, Governance360 is designed to be an all-round solution; a platform you can use at whatever point in your journey to help you learn about governance best practice, management and development.

  • Academy by Governance360 provides quick, digestible, content produced with CPD accreditation in mind. It is easy for one or more director or trustee to complete, achieving consistent training across the board (excuse the pun)
  • Our Board management platform Governance360 App is a simple to use tool that helps you manage the tasks that come with having a board easily and securely, embedding best practice across your organisation. With everyone receiving important documentation in a timely and efficient way, you can spend more time on getting value from your board!

In memory of Mark Andrews (1970-2020)

Mark Andrews, who passed away in the Autumn of 2020 after a long, valiant fight with the terrible, cruel disease that is Motor Neurone is a major driving force behind the formation of this business.

Not only was Mark a top bloke, a best friend (and quite literally in this case my best man given his introduction to my future wife, his sister), he was a loving father to Lydie and his three young children.

Meeting Mark during the interview process for my first ever job (at KPMG) was one of the luckiest things that ever happened to me.  Not only did I meet someone who went on to literally change my life, I also went on to learn a huge amount about decency, treating people well and always trying your best and I hope some of this has gone into the idea behind Governance360.

Even in his last months as he battled the ravages of MND, the pandemic and home schooling his three young children, Mark remained calm, thoughtful and inspirational.  

I hope he would be proud of the work that has gone into getting Governance360 Group off the ground and I hope we serve his memory well.

Clive Bawden, 2020