About Us

We have created the first online governance review service for charities and not-for-profits, collapsing the time and cost of this essential 'to do'


CEO and Co-Founder

Helen has worked as a board level adviser and coach for over 25 years. Her work in the UK and internationally includes charities, SME’s and FTSE 100 companies where she specialises in transformational and cultural change and charity governance.

Helen has held executive roles in Customer Experience, Marketing, HR & Finance (British Airways, Monarch Airlines, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Baker Tilly).

She holds an Accounting & Financial Analysis degree (Warwick University) and executive diplomas from INSEAD and the Institute for Applied Behavioural Science (USA).

Helen is a FT non-executive director diploma graduate. She and fellow graduate, Frank Bennett, founded Digi-Board to enable charities to evaluate and improve their governance and board effectiveness.

She is also a Trustee at Campaign for Better Transport and supports Action Aid and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Fellow of The RSA: Financial Times NED Alumni: Psychometric Testing Accredited: OPP- MBTI, FIRO-B, Strengthscope© and Saville Assessment

LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helen-michaels-9b863a4

Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Helen09M



I have experience of serving on charity and not-for profit boards and one thing that always bugged me was the challenge of engaging my fellow board members in a discussion about governance. It bugged me enough that I wanted to fix that.

As the co-founder of Digi-Board, my work is about how to make it easy for those responsible for governance to be actively involved, whether experienced or novice. It is a collective responsibility and there is no ducking it, as pointed out by the Charity Commission in 'The Essential Trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do. (CC3)'.

Governance is not glamorous and you won't get applauded as you would for a magnificent fundraising success.

However, love it or loathe it, attention to governance will keep an organisation focussed on its aims and purposes.

No more excuses - Digi-Board has made governance easy!

A keen cyclist, Frank is a supporter of Cycling UK a registered charity.

Fellow of The RSA, Financial Times NED Alumni (invitation only), Member of EY Independent Director Programme, Deputy Chair Cloud Industry Forum

LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/frankbennett

Personal Twitter at https://twitter.com/fboncloud