4 min read

Convene at the 2022 NHF Housing Governance Conference

By Lucy Palmer on 24/06/22 10:22

Last year, we attended two conferences by the National Housing Federation. With so many loyal clients in the housing sector, we are always excited to learn more about how the industry is evolving.

Topics: Convene in Teams
3 min read

Spring 2022 Update To The SRS: What Has Changed?

By Gabriella Mangham on 22/06/22 16:49

The Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing was updated on the 25th May 2022 to version 1.2. This exciting change brought forward some clarifications and minor edits to the original SRS published in November 2020. But what exactly are these updates, and how will they affect your SRS Report?

Topics: ESG SRS for Social Housing
7 min read

How Can Universities Benefit From Hybrid Working?

By Gabriella Mangham on 17/06/22 16:25

The pandemic meant all non-essential sectors, such as universities, had to dramatically shift to remote working, which came with challenges but also benefits. Many have discovered that they are more productive working from home, they are also more well rested and especially in the warmer months, working from home is actually better for the environment! Now, having overcome the initial issues with remote working, we are all looking for a way to incorporate the good into our post-lockdown normal. This is easily possible with hybrid working

Topics: University
5 min read

Simple Explanation: What is AES-256 Bit Encryption?

By Gabriella Mangham on 17/06/22 15:55

Convene uses AES-256 Bit Encryption, which is the best security available on the market, but you may not know what this means exactly. We’ve written a very simplified, helpful guide to explain what it is and why you should value it.

Topics: Security
6 min read

Why Are You Not Getting Reliable Information For Governing Decisions?

By Gabriella Mangham on 15/06/22 14:56

The governing decisions of a university have widespread ramifications that impact not only the lives of your staff and teachers, but also your students, and even their families or future employers. That is a lot of weight on your shoulders, but many university boards and committees find that when any information reaches them it is already outdated. This means you have to make decisions based on facts that are a few days old, which can be ineffective. Change happens quickly, and seeing the most reliable documentation ensures that you can select the right course of action.

Topics: Convene in Teams University
11 min read

Taxonomy of Meetings: What are the Different Types of Meetings?

By Gabriella Mangham on 13/06/22 11:04

Here at Convene, we are meeting experts, so we decided to set out a helpful guide to cover the essential meeting questions:

Topics: Governance Convene in Teams
3 min read

What Is Net Zero?

By Lucy Palmer on 13/06/22 10:45

As climate change becomes a more and more consistent feature on the news, the phrase 'net zero' comes up increasingly often. In 2019, the UK Government committed to achieving this target by 2050. But what exactly does this phrase mean when it comes to business.

Topics: ESG
3 min read

How To Improve Your Climate Leadership

By Lucy Palmer on 13/06/22 10:37

As stakeholders place an increasing emphasis on ESG, organisations around the world are looking to lead the way in tackling climate change. 

Topics: ESG SRS for Social Housing
2 min read

Convene at the Climate Change and Sustainability in Housing Conference

By Lucy Palmer on 13/06/22 10:29

On the 24th and 25th May 2022, we attended the Climate Change and Sustainability in Housing Conference.This was a great opportunity to connect virtually with peers and colleagues around the country to discuss the future of sustainability in the housing sector.

Topics: ESG SRS for Social Housing
4 min read

How Can Transparency Enable Better Governance?

By Lucy Palmer on 13/06/22 10:24

Transparency is one of the most important parts of good governance in the modern workplace. Information about the actions and processes of your organisation should be easily accessible and understandable.

Topics: Sustainability Digital Transformation
4 min read

How Financial Companies Can Benefit From Convene's Security

By Lucy Palmer on 13/06/22 10:06

Convene is trusted by financial institutions around the world who rely on our software to protect their data. Financial organisations play a crucial role in the global economy and cannot afford to take risks with their data.

Topics: Security
4 min read

What’s The Difference Between A Digital Workplace & Digital Workspace?

By Lucy Palmer on 13/06/22 10:00

As we move into the future, many organisations are turning to virtual solutions for workplace challenges. Digital transformation can improve your administration, governance and company culture - but it can also be a learning curve!

Topics: Convene in Teams
3 min read

What Is A Document Conference?

By Gabriella Mangham on 13/06/22 09:49

What Is Document Conferencing?

Document conferencing is when a group holds a meeting to review a document or certain documents. This historically was done in-person with a physical document or board pack and each page was read, discussed, approved and signed by every individual present. Now, in the era of hybrid and remote working, this can be a lot more difficult.

Topics: Board Portal Features Remote Working Convene in Teams
4 min read

Why Is ESG Important For The Social Housing Sector?

By Gabriella Mangham on 13/06/22 09:40

There has been a growing trend placing increasing importance on ESG across all sectors. However, ESG has always been important for the Social Housing secret, particularly when it comes to the S in ESG.  

4 min read

What is Corporate Governance For Insurers?

By Gabriella Mangham on 31/05/22 15:34

Corporate governance is the system in which a company chooses to approach rules, controls and policies to enforce a standard of behaviour. This is different for every sector and for insurers this also includes the methods for which they are held accountable for their performance and actions. 

6 min read

Why Public Sector Organisations Choose Convene

By Lucy Palmer on 27/05/22 15:22

The past few years have put an unprecedented strain on public sector organisations. They have led the way during these difficult times and so have to prioritise accountability and reliability. That’s why we’re so proud of how many have chosen Convene to support their administrative process.

6 min read

Why Membership Organisations Choose Convene

By Lucy Palmer on 18/05/22 16:29

At Convene, our mission is to bring people together so they can collaborate in a safe, simple, secure way. That’s why we’re so proud of how many membership organisations have chosen our software to support vital communication.

4 min read

Why Legal Firms Choose Convene

By Lucy Palmer on 11/05/22 15:30

At Convene, we recognise the importance of accountability and reliability in the legal sector. That’s why we’re so proud of how many law firms have chosen our software to improve their meetings.

2 min read

Convene at the 2022 CGI Governance Ireland Conference

By Lucy Palmer on 11/05/22 08:24

Yesterday, Tuesday 10th May, Convene visited Dublin Castle to attend the Governance Ireland Conference. Having recently attended CGI’s ESG Summit, we were excited to take advantage of this new opportunity to connect with peers and colleagues on the future of governance.

Topics: Governance
5 min read

Why Healthcare Organisations Choose Convene

By Lucy Palmer on 03/05/22 14:44

The past few years have placed an unparalleled strain on healthcare providers. Time, money and inspiration have been stretched to the limit. At Convene, we have supported numerous clients to fulfil their mission by saving precious resources and improving their clinical governance.

2 min read

Convene ESG & The Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing

By Daniel Cadavid on 29/04/22 14:29

In a first for the UK economy, the Social Housing sector welcomed the Sustainability Reporting Standard (SRS) in November 2020 to increase investment in the sector. Although a large number of ESG reporting standards have already been established, SRS has been specifically tailored for Social Housing providers.

Topics: Sustainability SRS for Social Housing
2 min read

Convene at the 2022 CGI ESG Summit

By Lucy Palmer on 29/04/22 00:00

On Friday 22 April, Convene attended the CGI ESG Summit. It was a chance for us to connect with people who share our passion for changing the future of governance.

4 min read

Why Banks Choose Convene

By Lucy Palmer on 28/04/22 17:34

As the financial sector moves into the future, technology will play a crucial part in improving banking practices. At Convene, we understand how important it is for banks to trust the software they use. That’s why we’re so proud of the number of banks that have chosen Convene.

5 min read

What is the Charity Governance Code?

By Lucy Palmer on 28/04/22 11:19

Good governance is essential for charities to succeed in promoting their mission and making the world a better place. It supports their compliance with regulation and ensures that the organisation’s resources are well-used.

8 min read

The Importance of the SRS for The Housing Sector

By Gabriella Mangham on 22/04/22 16:47

What Is The SRS?

The Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing was published in November 2020 as a voluntary reporting framework for ESG concerns. This details 48 ESG issues that the Housing Association sector should take into consideration; from stakeholder engagement to zero net carbon targets

Topics: Sustainability SRS for Social Housing
4 min read

Does Your ESG Plan Work?

By Gabriella Mangham on 22/04/22 16:42

There is no time like the present to focus on ESG, with the Energy Crisis and Global Warming reaching a boiling point, the recommendations from last year's IPCC Report need to be implemented. 

Topics: Sustainability ESG
6 min read

Why Housing Associations Choose Convene

By Lucy Palmer on 22/04/22 10:58

Housing Associations play an invaluable role in providing quality homes and creating communities. That’s why we’re proud of how many have chosen Convene to help fulfil their social purpose.

3 min read

What is Earth Day?

By Gabriella Mangham on 22/04/22 00:00

Today, 22nd April, the world is celebrating Earth Day, but what is it exactly?  

4 min read

What is the Role of a Chief Information Officer?

By Lucy Palmer on 14/04/22 17:43

A Chief Information Officer (CIO) is in charge of any technology an organisation employs. In the digital age, this role is more important than ever. The CIO is responsible for ensuring any software or hardware used by the company is efficient, reliable and cost-effective.

5 min read

What Is The Higher Education Code of Governance?

By Lucy Palmer on 11/04/22 11:19

Good governance is essential for every organisation in the world, but each sector faces its own challenges. Higher Education Boards need to follow the constantly evolving expectations for a modern academic institution.

5 min read

How To Have Good Governance Over The Easter Period

By Gabriella Mangham on 11/04/22 10:02

The Easter Bank Holidays are a well deserved time to rest and reset, but you may still find yourself contending with a lot of stress in the build-up and aftermath of 4 days off work! You may also find that some of your team will take time off around these dates to maximise time off without using too much leave. 

4 min read

Why Universities Choose Convene

By Lucy Palmer on 05/04/22 12:30

The role of universities in sharing knowledge is essential as the world works towards a better future. Here at Convene, we recognise the importance of communication and collaboration. That’s why we’re so proud of how many academic institutions have chosen to adopt our software.

5 min read

How To Make Hybrid Work More Productive:

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 12:30

One of the main advantages of working from home has been increased flexibility. Many people have found that they are more productive while working from home than in the office. They are able to create their own work environment and make choices that work for them. 

3 min read

What Is A Board Evaluation?

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/04/22 12:30

A Board Evaluation is a method for scrutinising the actions and efficacy of the Board. This helps improve transparency, effectiveness, and accountability of Board Members. It can also highlight areas or practises that need improvement. All of this enables responsible corporate governance and ensures that there are no surprise scandals

5 min read

How Can You Simplify Board And Executive Committee Communications?

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/04/22 12:29

To effectively run any organisation there needs to be good communication. This can be between colleagues, but also between branches of management. Perhaps most importantly, there needs to be good relations and, in turn, open communication between the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. 

8 min read

The G in ESG: How To Improve Your Corporate Governance

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/04/22 12:29

ESG stands for Environmental, Social, Governance. The first two terms can be pretty self explanatory but governance is all encompassing so what exactly is it referring to. Effective corporate governance is at the heart of every successful organisation. But how do you have good corporate governance and what is it exactly?

Topics: ESG
5 min read

What Are The Top Leadership Skills?

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 12:28

There are many different leadership roles in every organisation, but they all require a certain set of skills. In short, the most important attributes for a leader to have are dedication to the company, their team and their personal development. 

4 min read

A Guide To Data Processing Agreements

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 12:27

A Data Processing Agreement is a legal agreement between a data processor and a data controller. It is used to regulate any personal data that is processed for business purposes. The document sets out what can be done with the data as well as the relationship between the processor and controller.

5 min read

How To Choose The Right Software For Your Team Meetings

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 12:26

With a range of software available to businesses, it’s more important than ever that you choose the best software for your organisation.

6 min read

A Guide To Succession Planning

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 12:25

Selecting a new senior leader is a difficult task that should not be underestimated. No matter how perfect your team is, they cannot stay with the company forever. One day, you will have to find a replacement.

5 min read

How To Improve Your Delegation At Work

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 12:24

If you’ve got experience in project management, you know the importance of delegation. Coordinating your team isn’t easy but it’s one of the most essential steps in becoming a great leader.

3 min read

What Is The Role Of A Subcommittee?

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 12:23

A subcommittee is a smaller group of a leadership team that is responsible for overseeing specific tasks.

4 min read

The Difference Between Data Governance and Cyber Security

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 12:22

Maintaining control of your data is one of the most crucial aspects of running an organisation.

3 min read

How To Perform A Performance Assessment

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/04/22 12:21

A performance assessment is a conversation between a manager and employee about performance impact, development and growth. It is a two-way street with both the manager and the employee setting out their expectations. Performance assessments, also known as performance reviews, are essential for good corporate management.

8 min read

A Guide to Building Effective Software Infrastructure for Your Board

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/04/22 12:21

Building effective software infrastructure is essential for any company. You need to know what will best suit your existing operations and the level of security required for any special category data

It can be a tricky task to choose the best options for your Board, so we have put together this helpful guide!

 

 

What Every Board Needs to Know about Building Software Infrastructure for Their Organisation:

 

1) What Is Software Infrastructure?

Software infrastructure is the framework of physical and virtual resources which controls the flow, processing, analysis and storage of data. These physical components are within a data centre hosted on site, externally or in the cloud. The virtual resources are the programmes you select to run on your devices.

3 min read

How Charities Can Benefit From Convene’s Security

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 12:17

While data security is important for all organisations, it can be particularly significant for charities. They may deal with high-level data and cannot afford to risk the confidentiality of their clients.

4 min read

Why Charities Choose Convene

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 11:23

Here at Convene, we understand the importance of working together to create a better world. That’s why we’re particularly proud of how many charities choose our software to support their project delivery.

4 min read

How Can Granular Access Controls Improve Your Administrative Management

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 11:22

Granular access controls allow you to establish permissions for who can access data and what they can do with that data. By assigning roles, meeting administrators can ensure no one has inappropriate access to important information.

6 min read

How To Prepare For Virtual Meetings

By Lucy Palmer on 04/04/22 11:21

We hear all the time about the importance of preparation when it comes to holding effective meetings. In the case of virtual meetings, this is even more important. You need to make sure that everyone is able to access the meeting, even if they are not in the same place.

2 min read

The Oscars 2023 To Be Hosted On Convene

By Gabriella Mangham on 01/04/22 00:00

After declining ratings, and scandal after scandal, the Oscars decided they need a complete revamp and a refocus on good governance. When they contacted us about hosting next year, we turned to them and said “Are you talking to me?” Convene knows that diversity and accessibility is the key to success, so we made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. We did our due diligence before we agreed and audited previous years and realised what we have here is a failure to communicate. That being said, we think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 

3 min read

What Does An Integration With Microsoft Teams Mean?

By Gabriella Mangham on 25/03/22 14:06

Convene is now available fully integrated with Microsoft Teams but you may be confused as to what this means. 

4 min read

Top Tips To Improve Your Informal Meetings:

By Gabriella Mangham on 08/03/22 16:55

Informal meetings have become a staple of the work process, and they are extremely valuable. They allow your team members to hold each other accountable on a weekly or daily basis. Working is a collaborative experience and these settings allow people to plan their own work schedules and project management effectively. This also enables good governance as you open up the possibility for issues to be caught early on. 

3 min read

The Evolution Of The Signature: From The Sumerians To DocuSign

By Lucy Palmer and Gabriella Mangham on 31/01/22 17:35

From the Magna Carta to the Treaty of Versailles, signatures have been at the centre of human history. However, over time, the form of these signatures has shifted significantly. 

4 min read

Who Are The Primary Users Of A Board Portal?

By Gabriella Mangham on 31/01/22 17:34

There are three stages to every meeting process: planning, execution and resolutions. As such, there are also three main users of Convene: those who plan, those who meet, and those who do.  

3 min read

How To Save Time With Auto Generated Meeting Minutes?

By Gabriella Mangham on 31/01/22 17:33

Meeting Minutes are an essential part of the compliance process but they can be time-consuming. When time means money, you want to streamline as many processes as possible. Thankfully, with Convene that means auto generated Meeting Minutes

4 min read

How To Schedule The Perfect Meeting Time

By Lucy Palmer on 31/01/22 17:31

Bringing your team together is crucial to moving forward in business, but it can sometimes be a challenge. When everyone is busy, finding a date and time that works is not easy. We’ve all seen how difficult it can be to work around many different schedules.

3 min read

Why A Review Room Is Important

By Lucy Palmer on 31/01/22 17:30

A Review Room is a feature for the end of a meeting to ensure you gain the most from the collaboration process. The secure system allows you to review the meeting minutes and check there are no mistakes. This is important from a compliance point of view, but it can also help your meeting process in other ways. Read on to find out more:

3 min read

How Action Items Streamline Your Processes

By Gabriella Mangham on 31/01/22 17:28

Action Items are an essential part of the meeting process, but you may be confused by how broad ranging the term is. We have put together a simple guide to help you effectively utilise our Action Item tool. 

4 min read

What You Should Include On An Employee Survey

By Gabriella Mangham on 31/01/22 17:27

If you want to get a detailed understanding of what your employees think then an employee survey is the place to start. This may seem like a simple term but for clarity’s sake let’s start by defining what exactly an employee survey is.

4 min read

How To Improve Your Boardroom Voting Process

By Lucy Palmer on 31/01/22 17:25

Voting is at the centre of democracy in Board meetings. It can ensure every member of your team has their voice heard and that the best decisions are made. Everyone should come away from the meeting confident with the decisions that have taken place. As a result, you should take every measure possible to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

3 min read

Why Meeting Notes Matter

By Gabriella Mangham on 31/01/22 17:23

Your memory may fade, but meeting notes are forever.

5 min read

How To Improve The 7 Pillars of Clinical Governance

By Gabriella Mangham on 26/01/22 19:14

Clinical Governance is corporate governance designed specifically for the NHS. Implemented first in the late 1990s after the Bristol Hospital Heart scandal, it has grown to be increasingly more important during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The 7 Pillars of Clinical Governance determine how successful a practice is. 

5 min read

How To Build The Perfect Agenda

By Lucy Palmer on 14/01/22 20:35

An effective meeting agenda is at the heart of any meeting. To achieve the best collaboration, a Board needs to know where they are going. There’s no point turning up on the day of a meeting and hoping for the best! 

12 min read

What Is Good Governance In The Public Sector?

By Gabriella Mangham on 14/01/22 20:33

The future of the Public Sector is always uncertain, however, with good governance you can rest assured that you will succeed no matter what. 

5 min read

Ask An Expert: The Housing Code of Governance

By Gabriella Mangham on 14/01/22 20:26

Recently Convene spoke to Bill Gill, Director at BG Audit & Consultancy Limited, about the recent changes to the Housing Code of Governance

7 min read

How To Have Good Governance In 2022

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/01/22 09:08

The past few years have caused many shifts in the way we operate. As we begin this new year it is important to start adapting to these changes and look towards the future. 

3 min read

How To Organise a Virtual AGM

By Gabriella Mangham on 13/12/21 10:00

With the tumultuous time we have had the past few years, the way we work has had to shift. The Covid-19 Pandemic is ongoing and the dramatic shift in restrictions has meant that many have decided to have their AGMs as a virtual event. We have some top tips on how this can be done and what to consider when making your decisions.

3 min read

The Difference Between Public Companies and Private Companies

By Lucy Palmer on 10/12/21 09:34

Every company in the world falls into one of two categories: public or private. From Disney to your local pizza restaurant, all companies have to choose between these options. They are both distinct legal entities but are governed by different rules.

1 min read

Who Are The Primary Users Of a Board Portal?

By Gabriella Mangham on 10/12/21 09:33

There are three stages to every meeting process: planning, execution and resolutions. As such, there are also three main users of Convene: those who plan, those who meet, and those who do. 

2 min read

Happy Holidays from Convene!

By Lucy Palmer on 10/12/21 08:24

It’s hard to believe 2021 is nearly over! One of our first articles this year was about racing through the pandemic - and that certainly turned out to be the case. This year has whizzed by!

4 min read

How To Maintain Good Governance Over The Holidays

By Lucy Palmer on 10/12/21 08:23

The holidays are a time to spread joy. Unfortunately, when you are working in business, they can also come with stress.

4 min read

5 Ways To Celebrate The Festive Season In The Office

By Lucy Palmer on 09/12/21 19:37

December is here and that means it’s time to get festive! Hopefully you won’t be working on Christmas Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the season.

1 min read

Convene Hosts CGI's e-AGM

By Gabriella Mangham on 08/12/21 19:43

Azeus Convene is proud to have hosted the Chartered Governance Institute (CGI)’s Virtual Annual General Meeting

4 min read

5 features to make your MS Teams meeting more effective:

By Gabriella Mangham on 30/11/21 17:50

The pandemic led many to see the benefits of remote or hybrid working, and in this new age of working most are turning to Microsoft Teams as an all-in-one solution. 

Topics: Board Portal Features Convene in Teams
3 min read

Are Hybrid Meetings Right For My Organisation?

By Gabriella Mangham on 24/11/21 09:59

The pandemic has shifted us all into new methods of working. Non-essential employees have proven to be just as if not more effective at home. However, as we move out of the “new normal” of remote working many organisations are asking how will we move forward?

5 min read

The Future of Higher Education Boards

By Lucy Palmer on 22/11/21 10:07

Covid-19 has had a transformative effect on every industry in the world but this impact has not been evenly distributed. Every sector operates in a different way, and so the challenges created by the pandemic are unique.

3 min read

What Is The Role Of A Governance Manager?

By Lucy Palmer on 22/11/21 10:07

For many companies, a Governance Manager is a useful role when it comes to maintaining compliance. Although it is not essential, the responsibilities of the Governance Manager must be fulfilled by someone in the organisation.

4 min read

What Is The Role of The Head of Corporate Services?

By Lucy Palmer on 22/11/21 10:07

For many organisations, the Head of Corporate Services is at the centre of effective project delivery. The role is not essential but it does carry a high level of responsibility. 

4 min read

What Is A Board Administrator?

By Gabriella Mangham on 22/11/21 10:07

A Board Administrator manages all aspects of secretarial support for the Board. They usually double as the secretary or head of administrative staff for the CEO or Chairperson of the Board. 

5 min read

What Is The Role of the Company Secretary?

By Lucy Palmer on 15/11/21 10:49

Every company has to maintain governance standards. All public companies in the UK must have a Company Secretary who is responsible for this role. For private companies, it is not a legal requirement to have one, but many still do.

3 min read

Tips For An Effective Audit Trail

By Lucy Palmer on 15/11/21 10:39

Audit trails are essential to running a successful organisation. They help you keep on track of security, administration, governance and compliance. If anything goes wrong, the audit trail is the first place you should look to find answers.

4 min read

What Is An ESG Score And How To Improve It

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/11/21 15:39

A company is more than just profit. You should also be looking to contribute to society, but the impact here is less quantifiable. 

Topics: ESG
3 min read

Why Have A Document Library?

By Lucy Palmer on 04/11/21 11:09

A Document Library is a place to store files so your whole team can access them. The secure, accessible system will allow you to add, edit and delete files in an instant. During a meeting, this can include information and reference materials that make collaboration easier.

Topics: Board Portal Features
5 min read

The Challenges of Hybrid Meetings

By Lucy Palmer on 04/11/21 11:04

A hybrid meeting allows some participants to be present in the room while others attend remotely. 

4 min read

A Guide To Board Governance Models

By Lucy Palmer on 04/11/21 10:55

A governance model is the structure which allows Boards to make decisions. It facilitates passing resolutions in an effective, organised manner.

5 min read

How Can You Improve Your Housing Governance Rating?

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/11/21 10:54

Good governance is the key to a successful Housing Association. This is why the Regulator of Social Housing created a grading system for Governance on a scale of 1-4, 1 being the best and 4 being the worst. 

4 min read

The Role of the CSO in Delivering ESG Programmes

By Lucy Palmer on 04/11/21 10:53

A Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) is the executive responsible for environmental, social and governance concerns. As sustainability becomes an increasingly central aspect of business, the number of CSOs has risen. Shareholders and stakeholders alike expect companies to show they are taking action to ensure the company’s long-term viability.

Topics: ESG
3 min read

Project Governance and Project Management

By Lucy Palmer on 04/11/21 10:52

Project governance and project management are often confused but they are very different. Governance is the structure that allows for a successful project while management is about the day-to-day decision-making.

7 min read

Top 10 Governance Trends For The Future

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/11/21 10:50

The past couple years have had a dramatic impact on the way we do business. As we look to the future, our priorities have shifted and our perspective has changed. From the global Covid-19 pandemic to smaller incidents such as the Suez Canal blockage, we now know how important a local supply chain and risk management are to business. 

4 min read

What does the S in ESG mean?

By Lucy Palmer on 04/11/21 10:48

ESG or Environmental, Social and Governance is a theory that there is an ethical way to do business.

Topics: ESG
4 min read

Challenges Facing the Private Sector

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/11/21 10:46

Business has been tough throughout the past few years. There are major concerns that can consume concern on a daily basis, but it is important not to forget the longer-term issues. These are the three biggest long-term challenges facing the private sector right now.  

4 min read

The Role of the Private Sector in Covid-19 Recovery

By Lucy Palmer on 04/11/21 10:44

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the world we live in. Some of the changes it has created are obvious while others are still revealing themselves. One thing is sure: the pandemic has impacted almost every area of life and will continue to influence the economy for many years to come.

6 min read

What Is A Code Of Governance?

By Gabriella Mangham on 04/11/21 10:42

What is a Code of Governance in the UK?

A Code of Governance is a set of rules decided by an organisation that outlines their:

6 min read

How To Make Your Organisation Greener

By Gabriella Mangham on 03/11/21 17:08

There is always room for improvement. No matter how eco-friendly your organisation is, it could always be more sustainable. Technology is the gateway to any and all developments in this field. 

5 min read

How To Hire A New CEO

By Lucy Palmer on 03/11/21 16:12

Whatever sector you work in, having a good CEO is crucial to the development of your business. They are in charge of making the day-to-day decisions in the company and ensure you achieve your mission.

4 min read

How To Balance The Cost And Functionality Of A Board Portal

By Lucy Palmer on 03/11/21 16:11

Every organisation in the world needs to make decisions about cost and functionality. Sometimes, the decision is easier than others. A Board Portal can totally transform your business practices which may make it difficult to know what to expect.

3 min read

Convene at the 2021 National Smaller Housing Associations' Conference

By Lucy Palmer on 21/10/21 15:38

On 1 October 2021, Convene attended the NHF’s National Smaller Housing Associations’ Conference and Exhibition. The conference took place over two days and was an exciting opportunity for us to meet old friends, make new connections and share ideas about the future of Smaller Housing Associations.

1 min read

Azeus Convene Named Best Board Portal In 2021 Digital Quadrant Awards

By Lucy Palmer on 15/10/21 18:22

Azeus Convene, a leading Board Portal solution, was recognised as the #1 Board Management Software in the 2021 Data Quadrant Awards. Convene scored highly in all categories and achieved the highest composite satisfaction score. The award reflects Convene’s unwavering commitment to smart, simple, secure governance.

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How To Celebrate Halloween at Work

By Lucy Palmer on 15/10/21 17:27

Summer is over and it’s time to start thinking about bonfires, pumpkin soup, and of course, Halloween. While Halloween used to be one night, it’s quickly turning into a whole season of celebration. Make the most of this period by embracing the spirit in your workplace.

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Enron Scandal: 20 Years On What Have We Learned?

By Gabriella Mangham on 15/10/21 16:34

20 years have passed since the scandal that rocked the business world, changing the landscape of internal processes forever and catalysing the invention of the board portal as we know it today. 

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A Guide To Hybrid Meetings

By Lucy Palmer on 06/10/21 16:27

A hybrid meeting is any meeting where some of the participants are together in person while others are attending virtually. The digital age has made it possible to connect those in the office with those who are 1000 miles away. 

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Convene Offers Microsoft Teams Users New Features For Board Meetings

By Lucy Palmer on 20/09/21 15:10

Leading technology company, Azeus, introduces their exciting new product: Convene in Teams. The state-of-the-art software allows directors and administrators to take full advantage of Convene’s board management features integrated with Microsoft Teams. This eliminates the hassle of switching between applications and allows MS Teams users to enhance their meetings.

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Top Tips For Running Impactful Board Meetings On Teams

By Lucy Palmer on 13/09/21 15:34

For many companies in 2021, virtual Board meetings are a necessity. They support vital communication and allow your team to collaborate while hundreds of miles apart.

Topics: Convene in Teams
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How Collaborative Tools Can Work Alongside A Board Portal

By Gabriella Mangham on 13/09/21 15:31

It used to be that collaborative tools such as Microsoft Teams had to be used separately from a Board Portal, but that’s no longer the case! With Convene in Teams, you can seamlessly switch between the safety of a Board Management Software and the flexibility of online collaborative tools.

Topics: Convene in Teams
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Virtual Collaboration Software: Slack, Teams and Convene

By Lucy Palmer on 13/09/21 15:20

Microsoft Teams and Slack are designed to promote communication. Over the past 18 months, we have seen a rapid move to digital transformation. These virtual platforms are now a standard for collaboration in the 21st century.

Topics: Convene in Teams
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What is Project Governance

By Gabriella Mangham on 23/08/21 17:15

Project governance is regularly confused with the term project management but they are in fact two separate concepts. Project governance centres around the strategic decisions that allow for a successful project whereas project management deals with the day-to-day decision making.

Topics: Governance
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How To Fire a Senior Executive

By Lucy Palmer on 23/08/21 17:10

Your senior executive team is at the heart of your organisation. They make the day-to-day decisions that decide the fate of the company. Unfortunately, sometimes they are not up to scratch. 

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How to Welcome a New CEO to the Company:

By Lucy Palmer on 23/08/21 17:09

Finding a successor to your CEO isn’t an easy task. Once you’ve done the hard part of recruiting, you might be inclined to sit back and relax. This is a common mistake. 

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What Is The Difference Between Informal Meetings and Formal Meetings?

By Lucy Palmer on 23/08/21 16:30

If you’re in the business world, you’ve probably been in your fair share of meetings. Different people coming together to share ideas is at the heart of any successful organisation. 

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What are the 7 Principles of the GDPR?

By Lucy Palmer on 23/08/21 16:28

The UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the main law in the UK when it comes to data protection. It was put into place in 2018 and is the UK’s version of the EU law of a similar name. The law makes some important changes from the previous Data Protection Act in how we consider consent and accountability.

Topics: Security
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What Happens if an Employee Breaches the GDPR?

By Lucy Palmer on 23/08/21 16:27

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law that came into action in the UK in 2018. It’s based on an EU law of a similar name and is the main piece of legislation when it comes to data protection. The law has seven key principles for data collection that are underlined by lawfulness, fairness and transparency.

Topics: Security
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What is a Skills Audit?

By Lucy Palmer on 23/08/21 16:26

A skills audit is a review of the skills and knowledge your employees have. It allows you to see the gaps in their expertise, and understand the areas you need to improve.

Topics: Governance
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Making Use of Flexible Login and Flexible Platforms

By Gabriella Mangham on 23/08/21 16:25

What are flexible logins and flexible platforms?

Topics: Board Portal Features
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What Does the 2021 IPCC Report Mean for Businesses?

By Lucy Palmer on 23/08/21 16:23

What Does the 2021 IPCC Report Mean for Businesses?

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What does ESG mean?

By Gabriella Mangham on 27/07/21 16:47

ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance and is a theory that there is an ethical way to do business. This method involves prioritising the environment, being socially responsible and ensuring there is transparent governance. But what exactly do these ESG criteria entail?

Topics: Sustainability
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What is special category data?

By Lucy Palmer on 27/07/21 14:37

Special category data is data which requires a higher level of protection under the UK’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Organisations dealing with this type of data need to make sure they process it appropriately and have stronger security standards. Many of the special categories overlap with the protected characteristics, but they are not exactly the same.

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How does a CEO influence strategic decisions?

By Lucy Palmer on 27/07/21 14:36

Strategic management is arguably the most important job of the CEO. They make sure the day-to-day actions of the company line up with its overall mission.

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How can you keep your data secure?

By Lucy Palmer on 27/07/21 14:33

Paper documents have never been secure. No matter how careful you are, they can still be picked up and read by anyone. The digital age offers a new chance to protect your valuable data - but what steps should you take to improve your security?

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What are the Benefits and Pitfalls of Hybrid Working?

By Gabriella Mangham on 27/07/21 14:30

As we move into the post-pandemic era, many are questioning whether there will be a return to the office or if they will keep working remotely. With social distancing, a lack of office space and the anxiety some may feel surrounding being face to face full time again, the future of working in an office may look very different. 

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Can non-Board members attend Board meetings?

By Lucy Palmer on 27/07/21 14:27

No matter how well your directors work together, sometimes there are things they cannot do. In this case, you might want to get another person involved to help resolve a single issue. However, this doesn’t mean you want to give that person all the responsibilities of a Board member! 

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What is the Role of CEO in a Charity?

By Gabriella Mangham on 27/07/21 14:18

A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the leader and public face of an organisation. They are the highest position of authority in the chain of command, but are held accountable by the Board of Directors. The role of a CEO in a non-profit is more varied and differs slightly from the standard CEO of a company

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How does organisational structure influence strategy implementation?

By Lucy Palmer on 27/07/21 14:16

The importance of strategy should never be underestimated. It decides which companies succeed, and which companies fail. Even if you have the greatest service in the world, it means nothing without a good strategy.

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What is good governance?

By Gabriella Mangham on 27/07/21 14:13

“Good governance” is a term that has been thrown around so often in the past 20 years that it has almost become interchangeable with the word governance itself. However, you may still be unclear on what exactly this means.

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What is a KPI in incident management?

By Lucy Palmer on 12/07/21 12:15

A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is a way of measuring whether your organisation is meeting its goals. It is a quantifiable figure that tells you about your progress over time.

A KPI is more specific than general performance metrics. It assesses the most important targets of your business, and shows your team where their priorities should be. Your company likely already collects data, so selecting KPIs is about choosing the metrics that support your strategic goals.

When it comes to incident management, there are a number of different KPIs you can track. They can tell you how well your team is reacting to issues, and the things you can do to improve.

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What is Information Governance?

By Gabriella Mangham on 09/07/21 16:05

What is Information Governance:

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Why Is Diversity and Inclusion So Important?

By Lucy Palmer on 09/07/21 16:04

We hear all the time about the importance of diversity and inclusion. But what do these terms mean? And why are they so important for business?

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Can a director be excluded from a board meeting?

By Lucy Palmer on 09/07/21 16:02

When it comes to business, the board should always speak with one voice. However, your board members are still human. Not everyone can agree all of the time. Whatever the size of your board, there may be times when you wish it was one member smaller. 

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Boardroom Basics

By Lucy Palmer on 09/07/21 11:53

Whether you’re new to the boardroom or a seasoned professional, it can never hurt to brush up on the basics! Business is tough at the best of times. Don’t let the big decisions distract you from the essentials. Once you understand the simple things, the rest will come naturally. 

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What Are A Boardroom’s Processes?

By Gabriella Mangham on 09/07/21 11:52

The workings of a Board can be a mystery to most outside the inner circle. So, we have written a brief explanation as to how a Board of Directors makes its decisions: from how an issue gets raised to how it gets resolved.

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Why is a Virtual Boardroom Useful for Business?

By Lucy Palmer on 29/06/21 09:13

As lockdown draws to an end in the UK, you might be thinking of a return to in-person Board meetings. Before you make this decision, ask yourself: is this what’s best for the company?


Virtual meetings have been an invaluable tool during the pandemic and we should think twice before abandoning them. Don’t get stuck in old ways of thinking, just for the sake of it! In fact, this is the perfect time to move forward into the future.

Topics: Board Portal Features
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What is due diligence?

By Gabriella Mangham on 29/06/21 09:09

‘It is important that organisations do their due diligence.’ This is a phrase everyone has heard said at some point. It may even be a phrase you have said. But, what does it mean exactly? 

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Convene at the 2021 NHF Conference

By Lucy Palmer on 25/06/21 09:41

Last Thursday, 17th June, Convene went to the 2021 virtual NHF Conference. Given the great experiences we’ve had at the conference in the past, we were excited by another chance to learn, share and network. It certainly lived up to our expectations!

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What is a Subsidiary Company?

By Lucy Palmer on 18/06/21 15:12

Whichever sector you work in, you’ll have come across subsidiary companies. Some of the most recognisable brands around the world fall into this group, and you may not always realise it. 

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What is the role of an Executive Committee?

By Gabriella Mangham on 18/06/21 15:12

Your Board members lead jam-packed lives and only have time for the most pressing and serious issues when they meet. This is why an executive committee is needed to meet and tackle the high-level issues, either in emergencies or on a day-to-day basis. The executive committee is an elected, elite group of directors that are able to meet and make decisions at short notice. The executive committee is made up of the C-Suite of the board as well as other executive managers that may not be regularly at board meetings. 

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What is the difference between a CEO and a Chairman?

By Lucy Palmer on 18/06/21 15:11

Every company has a management team to make sure things run according to plan. Public companies must have a Board of Directors which is led by a Chairman. Most companies also have a Chief Executive Officer (or CEO). In many cases, both roles are performed by the same person. But what exactly do these different titles mean?

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Board Members' Roles and Responsibilities

By Gabriella Mangham on 18/06/21 15:10

The Board of Directors is an elected group of individuals who strategise and supervise the operations of an organisation. The Board is responsible for the successes and failings of an organisation’s project management.

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What is the Purpose of a Senior Leadership Team?

By Gabriella Mangham on 18/06/21 15:08

We talk a lot about the board of directors here at Convene. We are a board portal solution, after all. But you know as well as we do that a board’s decision would be futile without the senior leadership team. 

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The Difference Between Shareholders and Stakeholders

By Lucy Palmer on 18/06/21 15:03

All companies have stakeholders - and most have shareholders. Despite how central these terms are to business, many of us don’t actually know what they mean. Shareholder and stakeholder have very different definitions that impact everyone in the world.

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Meeting Minutes: Do's and Don'ts

By Hisham Al-Ramah on 10/06/21 17:13

Meeting minutes are a crucial part of the meeting process. Find out how to create effective meeting minutes with our guide to the do's and don'ts of meeting minutes.

Topics: Board Portal Features Minutes
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Best Practices for Managing Meeting Records in 2021

By Hisham Al-Ramah on 17/05/21 14:11

Board portals are a great tool for facilitating meetings, and they also serve as repositories for documents, past meetings, and meeting minutes. Keeping records of past meetings is best practice for any organisation. But why would you keep records, what meetings should you keep a record of and how should these records be managed?

Topics: Governance
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5 Reasons You Need to Control Your Users and Meeting Space

By Lucy Palmer on 11/05/21 12:22

Virtual Board meetings can solve many of the problems your Board encounters. With new technology, your team members no longer have to be in the same room to have important discussions.

Topics: Security Governance Digital Transformation
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The Importance of Audit Trails

By Josh Cole-Hossain on 11/05/21 11:03

Audit trails are vital in discovering and understanding what went wrong when a company or organisation suffers a security breach, data loss or misconduct. Having a detailed log of who accessed what and when, can make the search for what went wrong quick and easy. But, as this blog will discuss, there are more benefits to keeping audit trails than being prepared for when something goes wrong!

Topics: Security Governance Board Portal Features
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Why Accessibility Is Important For Board Diversity

By Lucy Palmer on 11/05/21 11:02

Now more than ever, diversity and accessibility are the key to productive Board meetings. You want to get the most from your employees, and they want the most from you. Inclusive software is at the very centre of this relationship.

Topics: Governance Board Portal Features
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5 Reasons to use G-Cloud

By Gabriella Mangham on 11/05/21 10:26

The G-Cloud is a framework set up by the Government to streamline the procurement process for cloud-based products and services for the public sector.

The system eliminates the need to run a full tender or competition procurement process. G-Cloud stores the products on the Digital Marketplace: an online store for all the digital services covered by the G-Cloud framework.

If you are a public sector organisation and want to invest in cloud services, G-Cloud is the first place to look. The system is designed to support smooth digital integration for everyone from regional bodies to central government. There are many advantages, but here are five of the most significant:
  1. Choice
  2. Flexibility
  3. Budget
  4. Security
  5. Accessibility

Choice
One obvious benefit of G-Cloud’s procurement services is the level of choice. Altogether, the framework offers around 25,000 products. Whether you’re looking for cloud hosting, cloud software or cloud support, G-Cloud should have a product to suit your needs.

The range of options on G-Cloud is also a significant advantage when it comes to creating a dynamic marketplace. As there are approximately 3,500 individual suppliers, innovation is encouraged through competition. This means you can make sure you get the right product at the right price.

Topics: Digital Transformation
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5 ways a board portal can save you money in 2021

By Hisham Al-Ramah on 09/02/21 17:22

COVID-19 has shaken up the world, and it is safe to say that almost every sector has been affected in some way. In hard times it is understandable that organisations will start to look for ways to rein in their spending.

Topics: Board Portal Features
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Three must have board portal features for 2021 and beyond...

By Hisham Al-Ramah on 26/01/21 17:36

The COVID-19 pandemic has upturned the working world as we know it. As a result, organisations have had to adapt to a new way of work, namely working from home. The adoption of communication tools and meeting management software has no doubt eased the transition to this new norm. 

Topics: Board Portal Features
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Racing through a pandemic

By Euan Cattermole on 24/01/21 15:03

Convene continued its sponsorship of the Herne Hill Velodrome Track League during a turbulent 2020. Between lockdowns, the staff and volunteers organised 8 weeks of safe but feel-good racing - giving many a brief escape from the mayhem of the past year! Herne Hill Velodrome's Assistant Manager - Euan Cattermole - describes what it was like to organise and experience.

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Board Portal Login - 4 extra ways to make sure it stays secure!

By Dheng Siah on 18/01/21 09:52

You might have found this page when searching for a login for your board portal. Have you ever thought about how easy it is for others to find the same page that you were looking for and how you can make sure they don’t get any further? The login page is the front door to your commercially sensitive documents so let’s look at ways of making sure it stays shut to unauthorised visitors.

Topics: Security
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3 Reasons your AGM will be virtual in 2021

By Veronica Cadena on 08/01/21 10:06

Despite a Covid vaccine programme being rolled out in the UK, new strains and an increase in cases has led to another national lockdown, pushing back any return to normality even further. Given this, it’s a good idea to make plans for a virtual Annual General Meeting in 2021 for 3 key reasons:

Topics: Governance
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Saving Acres

By Josh Cole-Hossain on 16/12/20 11:57

Whilst this turbulent year has been costly, to many people, businesses and organisations, its has also allowed them to take a step back and realise what is most important to them and society - that more needs to be done to protect our world and its natural environments. 

Topics: Sustainability Seasonal
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What next for ESG?

By Gemma Walford on 16/11/20 09:05

At the recent ICSA ‘Governance Beyond the Pandemic’ conference, we were delighted to sponsor the fascinating breakout session, ‘ESG: A new dawn’ with Kate Larsen, Susan Hooper, Daniel Neale, Leon Kamhi and Andrew Wallis. The panel discussed how ESG plays a part in the success of businesses as they move beyond the pandemic and through what is looking like a prolonged recession.

Topics: Governance Sustainability
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The Convene Guide to Switching Board Portal

By Solomon Rackham on 01/10/20 09:00

Change can be daunting, but switching to Convene is easy! Whether your organisation has identified a potential cost saving opportunity or just wants better meetings and security, it is important to know the steps before you switch.

Topics: Switching Board Portal
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7 benefits of using a Board Portal

By Gabriella Mangham on 24/09/20 09:00

The first stage in any due diligence process is reviewing alternative options to the status quo. You may be wondering how you can save money and still keep the same level of functionality in your current meeting software or processes. This is where Convene can help you out. 

Topics: Security Switching Board Portal Board Portal Features
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10 Tips for Working from Home in 2020

By Hisham Al-Ramah on 14/09/20 12:21

The working world has taken some unexpected turns in 2020. Working from home has become the new normal, as well as remote meetings. It seems for many organisations at least, that this trend will continue long into the future.

Topics: Remote Working
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All the functionality, a fraction of the cost!

By Solomon Rackham on 18/08/20 13:15

A number of our customers who have decided to switch to Convene from another board portal, do so for one simple reason. Cost.

Topics: Switching Board Portal Minutes
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Simplicity and Savings - the View from the Board on Convene

By Solomon Rackham on 17/07/20 15:45

We caught up with John Headley, Chief Financial Officer at the University of Law, to hear how Convene has helped their remote meetings stay organised while providing the best value for money.

John is responsible for all financial and business aspects of the University’s operations. A graduate of Oxford University, John is a Chartered Management Accountant who has worked as a Finance Director within the Bupa group as well as within large NHS hospital trusts and a major modern university in London. John is a Non-Executive Director of Shoreham Port Authority.
[Taken from the University of Law’s website. Available here.]

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The perfect meeting toolbox? Zoom + Microsoft Teams vs. Convene

By Solomon Rackham on 22/06/20 17:11

As the number of us working from home has risen significantly over the last few months, companies have been quick to share any tips and tricks to help us all stay productive and connected during this difficult time.

Everything from video call etiquette, to virtual meeting tips, to Tom Ford's How to Look Good on Webcam, there is a wealth of useful information springing up all over the internet, with everyone keen to share best practice.

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Eating Soup with a Fork: Google Drive + Hangouts Vs. Convene

By Solomon Rackham on 15/04/20 15:28

We know that purchasing software for your organisation can be a confusing process. With such a variety of free and paid for tools available, it can be difficult to work out exactly how a product will benefit your organisation.

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'We Can't Fly without You'

By Nicola Snowe on 02/03/20 13:58

Here at Convene we take Customer Success very seriously. When we learnt about the life-saving work carried out by the amazing teams at London's Air Ambulance and Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) - we decided to show our appreciation. So when we heard about the London’s Air Ambulance Half Marathon on March 29th, we wanted to support our customers, so put a team together to raise funds for this vital cause.

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Why London's Urban Forest is its Crown Jewel

By Daniel Cadavid on 03/02/20 16:57

Often undervalued and taken for granted, London’s trees, parks, gardens and woodlands provide us with more than just open spaces and oxygen.

Topics: Sustainability
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Digital Learning: Empowering Transformational Change in Education at the 2020 Bett Show

By Solomon Rackham on 23/01/20 18:00

We listened to the Technology and Enabled Learning and Teaching Team from UCLAN about best practice in implementing digital change in educational institutions.

Azeus Convene is already being used by 10 universities across the country and a further 17 schools and colleges. So, we already know a fair bit about how technology can be used to empower transformational change in the education sector.

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Green Giving, Sustainably Sent: A Look Inside Convene’s Grotto.

By Solomon Rackham on 16/12/19 12:23

This week we thought we'd send our customers a small token of our appreciation for their continued support. In Green Convene fashion of course.

Here at Azeus Convene, we are passionate about two things. Environmental sustainablity and customer satisfaction. In fact, we are happiest when we can do both at once. So with the festive season fast approaching, we set out to do just that.

Topics: Sustainability
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8 Ways To Be More Sustainable This Christmas

By Solomon Rackham on 11/12/19 14:14

Christmas is a time of plenty - but what can be done to reduce our environmental impact during the holiday season?

Record levels of carbon emissions. School kids on strike. The hottest decade on record. It's fair to say that 2019 was a year of environmental reckoning and reflection. Christmas is a time for family, friends, food and festivities. It's also likely to be a time of great waste. We at Azeus Convene thought it would be a good idea to suggest some ways to minimise wastage and maximise sustainability! Good for your wallet. Good for our planet.   

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Convene at the 2019 PSEICT Conference

By Nicola Snowe on 05/12/19 17:07

Another packed, exciting day for Convene yesterday, at the PSEICT Conference 2019 in the Victoria Plaza in London, meeting some of our existing customers and making new friends in the Public Sector. We were delighted by the number of delegates that came to see us at the Convene stand!

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Thomson Reuters Company Secretary Forum 2019 and prize draw winner!

By Gemma Walford on 02/12/19 15:37

Last week, Convene sponsored the Forum and heard how the role of Company Secretary needs to change to meet the challenges faced by 21st century boards.

Topics: Sustainability
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Convene Sponsors the 2019 CCN Conference

By Nicola Snowe on 28/11/19 18:14

Last week Convene attended another successful CCN Conference in Guildford.

Topics: Governance
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Teams, Slackers and Conveners

By A Natchkirk on 22/11/19 16:10

There are always two kinds of meetings in any organisation. The structured variety which form part of a compliant decision- making process and the collaborative sort, designed to promote free flowing conversations, with conclusions being arrived at by virtue of collective discussion. Microsoft and Slack are both designed for people who want to engage with others on a collaborative platform. You can view this type of team collaboration software while you are online with the majority of devices, for example, mobile phone, laptop or tablet.

Topics: Governance
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Convene can solve these key school meeting issues

By Hisham Al-Ramah on 04/11/19 15:53

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There’s a smarter working evolution happening across the public sector

By Nicola Snowe on 28/10/19 15:09

The abiding virtual image presented by Aileen Evans (right) of Grand Union Housing Group to the Smarter
Working Conference a few weeks ago, was that one of their board members having a eureka moment whilst sitting by the pool in a far flung location.

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What we took away from the Local Government ICT Summit 2019

By Gemma Walford on 02/10/19 13:59

It was great meeting so many people dedicated to driving digital transformation under one roof.

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Six highlights we took away from this year’s ICSA governance conference

By Hisham Al-Ramah & Joshua Cole Hossain on 22/07/19 12:59

The focus of this year's ICSA annual conference was to prepare for the future of corporate boards with an emphasis on the need for businesses to have a purpose beyond profit and to be more environmentally conscious

Topics: Governance
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Convene at the biggest NHF Housing Governance Conference to date

By Daniel Cadavid on 17/06/19 15:41

The NHF Housing governance conference rolled around, and after last year’s great experience of meeting old friends and with a new venue for this year, we very much looking forward to what lay ahead.

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The Current State of CSR & Where It's Heading - Insight from the edie Live 2019 Conference

By Daniel Cadavid on 03/06/19 16:00

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been around for a long time but it has never really taken centre stage, until now. Over these last few years, there has been a monumental shift in the public’s awareness surrounding the impact we are having on our planet.

Topics: Sustainability
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Perspectives of Cybersecurity: Risk and Investment (Part 3)

By Dheng Siah on 29/04/19 14:46

The ‘value’ of cybersecurity comes from the losses that have been prevented as a result of its implementation.

Topics: Security
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Perspectives of Cybersecurity: Mitigative (Part 2)

By Dheng Siah on 23/04/19 14:42

A mitigative perspective recognises that the best preventive measures are not impregnable.

Topics: Security
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Perspectives of Cybersecurity: Preventive (Part 1)

By Dheng Siah on 15/04/19 11:57

This is the perspective that everyone probably thinks of when we talk about cybersecurity.

Topics: Security
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Perspectives of Cybersecurity: Introduction

By Dheng Siah on 10/04/19 15:40

With high profile cyberattacks such as WannaCry and the Sony hack grabbing headlines globally, everyone is aware of the increasing risk of cyberattacks. As such, businesses across the globe have decided to dedicate more resources to their cybersecurity budget. In fact, Bloomberg reports that US financial firms have plans to further increase cybersecurity spending in 2019.

Topics: Security
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The Role of Technology in Transforming Corporate Governance

By Nicola Snowe on 09/04/19 09:50

Corporate Governance at the ICSA Listed Companies Conference

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Convene at the AoC Governance Summit 2019

By Nicola Snowe on 02/04/19 12:31

Last week, Convene attended the annual AoC (Association of Colleges) Governance Summit in London, a high profile networking event for Governors, Chairs and Clerks committed to improving governance and board performance. This year, the conference talks highlighted ongoing hot topics for governance managers, like GDPR, Safeguarding and Leadership.

Topics: Governance
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Limitations of SSO and Implementing SSO (Part 2)

By Dheng Siah on 19/03/19 17:08

In my last blog, I introduced the concept of SSO and discussed some of its benefits. I will now address some limitations of SSO and propose measures on how to work around them.

Topics: Security
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What is SSO and what are the advantages? (Part 1)

By Dheng Siah on 11/03/19 15:32

You enter the meeting room. All eyes focus on you.

Topics: Security
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SMS One Time Passwords (OTPs) are secure, right?

By Dheng Siah on 28/02/19 13:10

Short answer: No.

Topics: Security
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Converging Technology and the Public Sector

By Nicola Snowe on 24/01/19 13:26

This week I attended the Government ICT conference in Westminster, London.

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The DVLA helps Future Coders With a Little Help from Convene

By Lavaniya Das on 20/12/18 13:53

Convene was very excited to hear that our client, the DVLA, was hosting a second coding challenge for children between the ages of 7 to 14. And we couldn’t miss the opportunity to contribute and help sponsor this event.

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The CCN conference and how going digital can save councils money

By Nicola Snowe on 22/11/18 14:18

This year, there was a buzz in the air around Brexit negotiations and an evident sense that change to enable a fairerfuture for counties, is being embraced across the UK.

Topics: Governance
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How can big data help the public sector? Insights from the London PSEICT Conference.

By Lavaniya Das on 19/11/18 13:49

Last week my colleague and I attended the PSEICT Conference in London.  We wanted to know how we could better reach our potential customers, and the best way to do that is to find out what they were talking about.

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So you've gone paperless, but your platform ain't what it used to be

By Gemma Walford on 06/11/18 15:27

Today I visited Loughborough, by train, to train the meeting organisers and board of our latest housing association customer. They used to use BoardPad but found that since its acquisition by Diligent that the platform no longer lives up to expectations.

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What blocks digital evolution in the public sector?

By Lavaniya Das on 05/11/18 11:17

After the last talk at the Government Digital Transformation Conference last week, I don’t think I will ever look at the phrase ‘digital transformation’ in the same way again. As Emma Stace (@emmastace) pointed out in her speech, digital transformation is also about changing the culture of a workplace, which is an ongoing process. Unfortunately, digital transformation is seen as a single task. Transform and you are done. And, as ever, there is a vast canyon separating policy and delivery. So, from now on, I will call it digital evolution.

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Convene at the AoC West Midlands Clerks' Network - 10 October 2018

By Gemma Walford on 11/10/18 12:59

Yesterday, I attended an Association of Colleges West Midlands Clerks’ Network meeting for the first time at Telford College. The day started of well, with me getting to snap this beautiful example of English countryside scenery:

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How will the German offices of Adidas, Bayer, BBBank, and BMW deal with board security after this takeover?

By Lavaniya Das on 06/08/18 16:25

Last Friday, when most of us in Europe were more concerned about beating the heatwave, American owned Diligent bought Germany’s Brainloop.

Topics: Security Governance
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GDPR and the Company Secretary: Panel Discussion at ICSA 2018

By Lavaniya Das on 24/07/18 15:34

Having got through the 25th May ourselves, I was very keen to attend this panel discussion at this year's ICSA Conference.

Topics: Security
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Convene at the ICSA Annual Conference 2018 and the topic of Brexit at UK PLCs

By Lavaniya Das on 18/07/18 12:25

Another year and another successful ICSA event. As the designated content person here at Convene, this is one of my favourite opportunities to find out what our clients and users of our board and meeting app are talking about.

Topics: Governance
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Convene at CIH 2018

By Gemma Walford on 29/06/18 13:19

What a difference a year can make! Walking up the stairs towards the entrance to Manchester Central’s enormous conference centre in the glorious sunshine felt a bit different to previous years. There was a more positive feeling in the air and lots of speakers ready to debate the hot topics.

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There's nothing better than meeting long-term clients

By Gemma Walford on 21/06/18 12:32

On the 14th of June, we attended the National Housing Federation Governance Conference to exhibit our digital platform and board meeting app. This year's conference was all about getting a fresh perspective on leaner governance and more efficient housing associations, which meant that digitalisation was a key topic of discussion amongst the delegates. 

 
Topics: Governance
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Essex and Herts Air Ambulance uses Convene

By Lavaniya Das on 05/06/18 10:43

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) wanted to have more efficient board meetings and make the most of today's technology to improve sustainability. Trustees, board members, and senior management teams needed a secure system that was accessible on the go and which helped facilitate remote meetings.

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3 ways an electronic board portal can help school governors with GDPR.

By Gemma Walford on 15/05/18 11:56

Topics: Governance
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Azeus Convene wins SaaS Enterprise Solution of the Year in Europe

By Lavaniya Das on 11/05/18 12:16

On April 19th, 2018 Azeus Convene won the SaaS Enterprise Solution of the Year at the IT Europa awards.

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Convene is a finalist at the European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2018

By Lavaniya Das on 17/04/18 16:47

This week, members of the Convene UK team will attend the European IT and Software Excellence awards in London.

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St. Nicholas Hospice Care trusts Convene for  their board meetings

By Gabriel Llanto on 04/04/18 07:55

St. Nicholas Hospice Care is a local charity that provides help, advice, and support to people from West Suffolk and Thetford who are living with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.
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Convene at the AoC Governance Conference 2018

By Lavaniya Das on 15/03/18 14:21

On March 14th, Convene had the pleasure of attending the 2018 AoC Governance Summit in London.

Topics: Governance

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