Training / Workshop

Charity Trustees: Induction and Refresher Training

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09:30 – 16:30
NCVO Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL
£200 - £507 (membership status and organisational size dependent)

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This course has been developed from NCVO’s governance work with a variety of charities over many years. It encompasses all we’ve learnt to ensure trustees make an effective contribution to the governance of their organisation, and create and maintain good relationships with staff.


By the end of the course you will:

  • understand what governance and trusteeship are
  • know who the trustees are and what they do
  • understand the personal liabilities of trustees and the protection available
  • be able to identify good governance
  • have examined the qualities that make a good trustee and enable a team to work effectively
  • have considered delegation and how to build an effective relationship between the board and chief executive.


Anyone who’s new to governance and trusteeship or existing trustees and senior staff who would benefit from a refresher course. This course could also form part of an induction for a new trustee.

Previous attendees have said:

“Invaluable training for a new trustee.”

“Excellent content and pacing of the session. Good balance between group work and learning.”

“A really helpful day on the basics/fundamentals of being a trustee."

"Worthwhile day with much new information which will be useful."

“I found the course informative and grounding at the beginning of my trustee role."


Dan Francis leads NCVO’s work on governance. He has considerable experience supporting organisational development and leadership of charities of all sizes from across the sector. Dan sits as a member of the charity governance code steering group and has been heavily involved in authoring the most recent edition of the code. Dan’s background is from the youth and education sector having joined NCVO from the National Union of Students, where as a consultant, he supported the development of students’ unions. Dan has experience of interim senior management assignments in the voluntary sector and has served as a trustee for small and medium sized community and education charities.

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