Gabriella Mangham

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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
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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
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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
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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on your shoulders, but many university boards and committees find that when any information reaches them it is already outdated.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
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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
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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
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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.  

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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. 

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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
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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
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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?  

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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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

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