Cecile Gillard

Charities & Civil Society Legal Manager

Cecile Gillard
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Cecile specialises in charity and company law, the regulation, legal administration and governance of organisations, constitutions and other aspects of the governance, management and operation of charities, civil society organisations and social enterprises.

The diversity, detail and practicality of her knowledge and expertise are used to advise a wide range of clients, including faith-based groups, churches and other places of worship, arts, cultural and heritage organisations, museums, medical and scientific charities, community transport organisations, community and village halls, social welfare and family support charities, organisations supporting people with disabilities, community amateur sports clubs and community interest companies. Cecile also leads customised training and development activities for their boards, staff and volunteers.

Applying her abilities to help charities, civil society organisations and social enterprises, Cecile contributes to journals and publications, helps to develop and review best practice guidance, and serves on working parties to comment on proposed legal reforms, changes and good practice guidance. Her published titles include Charity Checklists and How to Run a Charity.

Cecile designs and delivers public access learning events for the charity, social enterprise and wider civil society sectors and professional bodies that support them. A member of the Charity Law Association and a Professional Subscriber of the Chartered Governance Institute, she is the tutor for the Institute’s Certificate in Charity Law and Governance.

Besides immersing herself in all things charity, Cecile’s other interests range from exploring nature, to visiting churches and cathedrals, to classical music and even steam locomotives.

‘I have known Cecile for a number of years and could not think of anyone better to support us. Cecile is a joy to work with and her knowledge base on charities, charity law and practical set-up is absolutely outstanding. Most importantly, she does not explain these things in complicated terms and ensures the information is relevant and understandable in in a practical context. Her positive attitude means she is pragmatic, approachable, and easily contactable throughout; I would not hesitate to recommend her highly enough.’ – Vanessa Moon, Chair, Chief Information Officer at Insane Root Theatre


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