Monday, 20 October 2014

Trustee matching and networking event from I AM Enterprises - London, 11th November

I AM Enterprises are running a trustee matching and networking event to celebrate Trustees' Week, in London on 11th November.

Join us if you're interested in becoming a charity trustee, your charity is looking to recruit trustees or you're interested in developing your CSR strategy through trusteeships.
Includes a guest talk from Leon Ward, trustee of Plan UK, and refreshments.

Date: 11th November
Time: 6 - 8.30pm
Location: FSCS, 10th floor Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London. EC3A 7QU (nearest stations are Aldgate / Aldgate East / Liverpool Street)
Cost: £10

For more information, a schedule and to book, CLICK HERE

Trustee liabilities: Reducing the risks, from Chester Voluntary Action - Chester, 12th November

Chester Voluntary Action are running a workshop on Trustee liabilities: Reducing the risks, for Trustees' Week.

Date: 12th November 2014
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Arthur J Gallaghers, Belgrave House, Bath St, Chester CH1 1QL

It is important that people who give their time to run charities and similar organisations understand the nature of this responsibility and the liabilities and risks involved with this type of role.

Topics to be covered:

1.     Practical advice on assessing and minimising the risks associated with trustee liability

2.     Examples and case studies of risk and how to avoid it

3.     Trustee liability insurance - why buy it?

4.     Claims examples

There will also be a Q&A session.

Cost: £10 for CVA members, £15 for non CVA members

CLICK HERE for further information, and for the Booking Form.


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Emily Beever - My Trustee Story

I am the Chair of the Trustee Board at Aberdeen University Students’ Association and a board member of the University of Aberdeen. Taking on these roles is part and parcel of being the elected Student President. This has been the case since Student Unions had to be registered as charities. Half of our Trustee Board is made up of full-time student officers and another quarter are current students. The rest of the Board are external people with experience and expertise in varying areas.

It’s definitely a steep learning curve! I came to this role straight out of graduation and finance or HR were never areas I had studied or knew anything about. Sabbatical officer trustees are trained intensively in the summer when we begin our term of office. Financial management for non-financial managers and student governor training were essential sessions for me.

Our organization is pretty small and at the moment we are going through a staffing restructure. This means I have more responsibilities that Chairs of other organizations may have. I collate and circulate papers as well as giving some reports myself. It is most definitely challenging but I’m learning a lot and I’m confident that this is excellent preparation for my future career trajectory.

My advice to other young trustees would be to be inquisitive. I have learnt the most when I have taken an interest in a specific area and done some research on it. I’ve learnt I really enjoy strategy and monitoring risk from this experience. To those organizations that are looking to diversify their board with younger members – do it! We might not be experts in our fields quite yet but we are innovative, keen to learn and really good at asking questions.
Twitter: @AUSAPres

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Free 'Good Governance' Trustee Conference from Greater London Volunteering - London, 14th November 2014

Greater London Volunteering, in partnership with London Funders, Reach Volunteering and Russell-Cooke Solicitors, is holding a free Good Governance trustee conference on 14th November 2014. Taking place at City Hall, the event is supported by the Mayor of London's Team London programme.

Date: 14th November
Time: 9.30am - 1pm
Location: City Hall, London. SE1 2AA

This free event for Trustees of London’s voluntary and community sector will give you the chance to find out about developments in the law in relation to charity governance, the funding landscape for charities in the capital, and how to recruit new members to your Boards. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE.

* David Mears, Partner (Charity and Social Business Team), Russell-Cooke Solicitors
* Simon Hebditch, Trustee, Reach Volunteering
* David Warner, Director, London Funders

More information can be found HERE.

Governance Surgeries from Brighton and Hove Community Works - 11th November 2014

When: Tuesday 11th November, 5-7pm (you can drop in any time between 5.00pm and 7.00pm, as long as we know to expect you)

Where: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

What: For the attention of all Trustees and Management Committee Members! We are bringing together all of the expertise, information and advice you could need if you are a trustee or are considering becoming one, to answer those questions you might be afraid to ask or don’t know who to ask. Our experts will be able to give you information and honest advice on a range of areas, including:

·         Employment law and staffing issues

·         Charity finance and financial management

·         Charity law

·         Roles and responsibilities of trustees or management committee members

·         Good governance practice

·         Developing a management committee or trustee board

·         Effective relationships between staff and management committees or trustee     boards

·         Best practice in volunteer management, safeguarding and equalities

We are also looking to develop a support network for trustees and would welcome your thoughts on whether this would be helpful to you, either at the Governance Surgery or by getting in touch with us directly on or 01273 234023.

Many thanks to the Skills Exchange Network who are kindly supporting this surgery. To find out more CLICK HERE.

Our Governance Surgery is taking place as part of our Annual General Meeting and Sector Star Awards. To find out more CLICK HERE.

Cost: FREE to attend, but is only open to trustees or management committee members from organisations operating in Brighton and Hove

Book Now - CLICK HERE!

For more info:

01273 234023



Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Charity Chairs Conference, part of the Lord Mayor's Charity Leadership Programme - London, 21st October

A half-day conference for Chairs and potential Chairs of charities. The conference is being developed as the climax of the Charity Leadership Programme.

Date: Tuesday 21st October 2014
Time: 14:00 -19:00
Location: Mansion House, The City of London

Registration at 14:00 for a start at 14:30. The conference will be followed by a drinks reception from 18:00 until 19:00 in the presence of Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of London.

About the conference

The conference is focused on enabling Chairs and potential Chairs:
  • to be better informed about the challenges of the role, especially for those coming from a professional or governance background in the City
  • to inspire City professionals to become involved as charity trustees and potentially the Chairs of the future
  • to develop more effective Chairs to lead more effective boards.
More details about the speakers and the event will be available nearer the date.
Download the full conference overview (.pdf)

Book your place

Happy Relations? Ensuring effective partnerships between trustees and senior management - from NPC, London, 17th November

How do trustees develop and maintain effective relationships with senior management? This relationship is not solely confined to the chair and chief executive—how should the rest of the board relate to the management team and staff? Come along, hear from experts and discuss with us.

Date: 17th November 2014
Time: 4-6pm, follow by drinks
Location: Clothworkers' Hall, Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7AH
Price: £45.

This seminar, in partnership with the Clothworker’s Company, seeks to equip trustees to handle these challenges through expert experience and open discussion. The seminar will:
  • Discuss the principles and behaviours required to develop and maintain an effective relationship between the board and the senior management team
  • Look at how to ensure a good flow of information between the board and the senior management team
  • Examine what makes a good relationship between Chairs and CEOs and what causes those relationships to breakdown
  • Consider what level of engagement is appropriate by the board

Speakers include

More speakers will be announced shortly.
As well as hearing from an expert panel there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A and discussion. The session will be followed by networking over a glass of wine.

For more information and to book, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Sustainable charities seminar, from Burton Sweet and HR & Training Solutions - Birmingham, 13th November 2014

Burton Sweet chartered accountants and business advisers have teamed up with HR & Training Solutions to run a free Sustainable Charities seminar for Trustees' Week.

Date: 13th November 2014
Time: 8.45am - 2pm
Location: BVSC, The Centre for Voluntary Action, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham. B5 6DR

This event helps you maximise the impact of your scarce resources and adapt effectively to change. It also shows you how to identify warning signs that things are going wrong and take speedy corrective action.

Sessions include:

* Getting stewardship right

* Financial warning flags and corrective actions

* Excellence in strategy and leadership

* Conflicts of interest – the headlines

* Hot topics update

Free booking is essential. For more information, and to book, CLICK HERE.

Monday, 6 October 2014

What constitutes good governance? - from David Gold, CEO of Prospectus

Earlier this year Barclays launched a new, comprehensive guide to support its Philanthropy Service for its high net worth clients. Philanthropy: Your Guide to Giving provides step-by-step advice and answers questions about all aspects of charitable giving.

The guide, the first of its kind from a UK private bank, will be used by Barclays as part of the broader Philanthropy Service that aims to engage, educate and support clients with their desire to become more engaged contributing charities – financially and beyond.

David Gold, CEO of Prospectus, was interviewed to provide his insight on “What Constitutes Good Governance?” drawing on his extensive experience of Trusteeship and governance, having served on a number of boards throughout his career.

You can read the full extract below as well as on the Prospectus website. Find further information on Barclays Philanthropy Service here and find further information on our governance services here.

What Constitutes Good Governance?

In our view, at the most simple level good governance ensures that a charity is focused closely on its mission, that it meets its charitable objects to the best of its ability, and that it complies with the controls and regulations required of it.

However, for some deeper insights on this topic we interviewed one of our contributors, David Gold. David has worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years, running a recruitment company, Prospectus, which places CEOs and Chairs in charities; and he has been a Trustee on various charity Boards throughout his career. He draws a very clear picture of good governance, defining it as, “falling into three primary areas: generative thinking strategic and fiduciary responsibilities.” So firstly, what does he mean by generative thinking?

David responds: “I mean a Board that stands back occasionally and looks widely at the issue or cause they are dealing with to consider the status of it today rather than how it was years ago. Has the cause focus altered or shifted? Is technology influencing or advancing it? Who is doing new work? What are the new challenges? This could be termed a ‘blank piece of paper’ approach.

Then you can consider how your own organisation is contributing or responding to that external view. Is it taking account of the current environment? Is it building links with new entrants, or undertaking new or adapted research, or even eliminating programmes that have become obsolete or that duplicate those of others? The point here is to ensure that you don’t just view the cause in a narrow frame from your own organisation’s perspective, but that you continually look at its wider profile, achievements, changes and impact, and use that broader perspective to set the context and benchmarks for your own activity.”

David believes that good governance also means being strategic. Here he stresses that it is the CEO and the senior management who really determine the organisation’s strategy. “The job of the Board is to support and constructively critique the strategy, and to request additions or refinements before signing it off, but not to invent it themselves. Of course they should regularly monitor progress against the plan, and expect the CEO to monitor and report back to them. Another vital role in the implementation of strategy is to ensure that the CEO has the resources (people, money, infrastructure) to be able to execute the strategy effectively. All too often Boards ask for growth on the one hand and then take a penny-pinching stance on staff costs on the other. So be conscious of how you support your CEO and how you can make life easier for him or her and for the clients of the organisation.”

David’s final requirement for good governance is the capability to manage fiduciary responsibilities well. “Obviously you need to pay attention to your compliance with charity laws and regulations on accounting, financial management and reporting. One way to manage the detail of all this is by setting up a financial sub-committee of the Board, so that only policy level discussions on finance are taken on the main Board agenda. Too many Boards end up discussing operational finances like photocopier contracts and telephone charges when this can be done by a small sub-group of Trustees who have the requisite finance skills and knowledge of risk and compliance.”

David sums up what makes a good Board in his opinion: “A good Board is one populated by those who are strongly committed as Trustees, all marching in the same direction, and full engaged with the charity. The trick is to pick people from diverse backgrounds who really care about your mission and have some passion for it. Above all it should be an opportunity for everyone participating to learn and to have fun. And finally, Boards operating really well show faith and trust in their CEO and senior management team.”

Friday, 3 October 2014

Charity Conference, from Russell New - Hove, 7th November 2014

Russell New business, taxation and charity advisers are holding a Charity Conference in celebration of Trustees' Week.

Date: Friday 7th November 2014
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: Sussex County Cricket Ground, Eaton Road, Hove, BN3 3AN

Keynote speakers:
- Hugh Lowson, Chief Executive of St Barnabas House
- Kevin Kennedy, Motivational speaker, actor, director and patron.

A variety of session speakers will lead sessions on:
- Charities SORP
- The Leadership Identikit
- Charity Branding: Exploring the myths and perceptions
- Making your charity fit for purpose

A buffet lunch will be provided.

£60 (inc VAT) for the first delegate
£50 (inc VAT) for the second delegate

Book before 7th October for the Early Bird special - £50 (inc VAT) for the first delegate

Click HERE for more information on speakers, sessions, and how to book.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Your Charity - Get Fit for Your Future - Trustees Shared Learning Seminar, from Wales Audit Office - Cardiff & Conwy, November 2014

The Wales Audit Office is running a seminar for Trustees' Week, based in 2 areas of Wales.

As so much of your attention is often focussed on the immediate pressures facing your charity, you and your fellow trustees can lose sight of the planning that is needed to secure your charity’s future.

This seminar looks to equip you to ensure your charity’s continued success by planning well and future-proofing your charity by focussing on:

* good governance to understand and manage risks

* having the right people around the table to lead and advise

* new and alternative sources of income

Due to the current financial climate, lots of charities are finding that they are having to live off their reserves, and that traditional funding sources are getting more difficult to obtain.  Many face an uncertain future, as they know they cannot continue in the way they are currently operating . To overcome this, charities need to explore new sources of income and make sure those income streams are right for their situation.

The Seminar is aimed at Trustees and Chairs of:
* Public Sector organisations
* Voluntary sector organisaions
* Social Enterprises, community businesses and co-operatives
Where and When
* Cardiff: Tuesday 11 November 2014
* Llanrwst, Conwy: Thursday 13 November 2014
If you would like to secure a delegate place or if you would like to discuss any aspect of the seminar, please email: 
Places are limited to two per organisation

Monday, 29 September 2014

Strategy and Governance Masterclass series, from the FSI - throughout November

The FSI is pleased to launch a programme of three new ‘Strategy and Governance Masterclasses’, hosted by Santander in Newcastle (1st November), Leeds (8th November) and London (15th November).

It is a charity’s leaders, both Trustees and staff, that decide and deliver the direction of work for the organisation. The staff leadership will propose the forward strategy for the charity to the Board of Trustees based on their expertise and operational knowledge of the beneficiary group. The Trustee Board then evaluates the proposed strategy, constructively challenges the assumptions made to be clear that the strategy is the best course of action to meet the future needs of the charity’s beneficiaries. The CEO is then responsible for delivering the strategy. 

A good strategic planning process will ensure that the charity Trustees, Staff and Volunteers have a sense of shared ownership and commitment to the vision that the charity wants to achieve for its beneficiary group.

This Masterclass will consider the roles of the CEO and Chair in deciding and delivering the strategy. It will look at strategic planning processes and provide a range of tools and resources to help participants develop future strategy.

Target Audience: This Masterclass is for Charity CEOs and Chairs or representative Trustees. To benefit fully from the Masterclass we recommend that both the CEO and Trustee attend as the day will be split into two separate workshops.

Fore more details on the individual masterclasses, and to book, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Cass Business School launches 'Building Better Governance' seminar series, 2014/15

Building Better Governance is a new Cass CCE series of seminars designed to enable key decision makers and influencers at the core of the nonprofit sector to develop their governance knowledge and skill. The series will explore a diverse range of drivers of effective governance.

All seminars will take place at Cass Business School’s 200 Aldersgate premise. They will run from 17.00 until 19.00, with registration from 16.30. The formal part of each session will be followed by a networking drinks reception through which participants will be able to extend their learning.

Who should attend?
The seminar series is aimed at the Chair, trustees, the Chief Executives and others who have a governance function within their nonprofit organisation.

Programme outline:
Module 1: Running effective board meetings – Caroline Copeman: 19th November 2014
Module 2: Board reports that add value – Mary Chadwick: 13th January 2015
Module 3: Board involvement in strategy – Jacqueline Williams: 11th February 2015
Module 4: Using scorecards and dashboards – Jacqueline Williams: 11th March 2015
Module 5: Board appraisal – Fiona Ash: 22nd April 2015
Module 6: Relationship between Chair and CE – Caroline Copeman: 28th May 2015
Module 7: Demonstrating accountability – Ros Oakley: 23rd June 2015
Module 8: Federated charity exploration – Fiona Ash: 29th July 2015

To book, click HERE.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Burton Sweet Charity Trustees' Reception - 19th November 2014, Bristol

Burton Sweet Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers are running a free networking event to celebrate Trustees' Week, in association with Brewin Dolphin Investment Management and Financial Planning. The event gives trustees and sector friends a chance to meet each other, and celebrate the wonderful voluntary service that trustees give to local communities.

Date: 19th November, 2014
Time: 6pm-7.30pm
Location: The Chapter House, Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol. BS1 5TJ (entrance via the cloister off Anchor Road).

Booking is essential. To secure your free place, contact Karen on or 0117 914 2057


Monday, 22 September 2014

Trustees Network Conference, from SCVO - 8th November 2014, Edinburgh

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is holding a Trustees Network Conference, to provide a unique learning and networking opportunity trustees from charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes. 

The conference will help trustees to develop their knowledge and understanding of governance, and make new connections to assist them in their roles.

Date: 8th November 2014
Time: 10am - 3.30pm
Location: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

For more information about conference content, and to book, click HERE. The early bird rate ends on 30th September!

Excellence in Trusteeship: Developing Trustees in Scotland - free event from Scotland's Third Sector Leadership Forum, Dundee, 14th November 2014

Targeted at past, present and future trustees, this conference is an opportunity to share Scotland's collective experience of working as, and with, trustees, highlight the great work that trustees are currently doing and present opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.
In honour of the vital role charity trustees play, Scotland's Third Sector Leadership Forum is proud to present this flagship event celebrating their work across the country.

Date: 14th November 2014
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Location: Queen's Hotel, 6/7 Nethergate, Dundee. DD1 4DU
To book, or for more details on the agenda and discussion topics, as well as on location and parking, click HERE.
This is a free event with lunch provided.

Have you booked your place at the NCVO / BWB Trustee Conference yet?

Trustees' Week 2014 is being officially launched at the NCVO / BWB Trustee Conference on 10 November 2014, to kick off the Week itself.

The Conference is the must-attend for people involved in voluntary sector governance. Book your place today!

Date: Monday 10 November 2014

Time: 09.30 - 18.00 (drinks reception 17.00)

Location: The Brewery, London, EC1Y 4SD

- Learn from, and be inspired by, governance experts and leaders in the sector

- Find out the latest in charity law and policy making

- Connect with other trustees who want their role to make a difference.

This year's programme includes:

- High profile keynote speaker sessions on the big board issues of the moment

- 1-2-1 advice and support sessions to help you tackle your own challenges.

- Your choice of 12 practical workshops on a wide range of topics.

- The latest legal and policy updates.

- Lots of resources to browse in the marketplace

- Opportunities to make contacts that can help your organisation

‘It is always a wonderful event, inspiring and useful. I picked up some great ideas from my workshop; got some great advice from a chair of a charity I hadn't met before and came away with lots of helpful literature.’ 2013 delegate Carol Bexley, SNAP 
For the chance to win a ticket to the Conference, enter the Trustees' Week One In A Million video competition!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Free Trustee & Senior Workers Conference, from Get on Board Kensington & Chelsea

Tri-Borough Trustees and Senior Workers Conference

Saturday 27th September, 10.30am-1.30pm

Get On Board Kensington & Chelsea are running their free annual Trustee & Senior Workers conference, open to all trustees and senior workers in the tri-borough area. It's your chance to network with business professionals and fellow trustees, and get up to date on a range of topics. A lovely breakfast will be provided.

Workshops and topics confirmed so far:

Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees, led  by Russell-Cooke Solicitors

The Trustee's role in Sustainable Fundraising, led by NCVO

Taking Healthy Risks, led by One Westminster

Business Planning, led by the Social Council

Reading Financial Reports, led by CASH

Who should attend?
The conference is open to any trustees or potential trustees, as well as workers of voluntary and community organisations operating in the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Bridging the Gap: Free new trustee guide launched

New guide launched as part Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme aimed at future trustees

A new guide entitled ‘Bridging the Gap: moving onto to nonprofitboards’ has just launched as part of the legacy support materials from the Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership programme 2014.

The free to download guide has been written and produced by Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Mazars LLP, and Trustees Unlimited, and is primarily aimed at people working in the private sector who wish to take up a trusteeship or other volunteer roles in the charity and nonprofit sector.

It is also recommended reading for charities who wish to recruit people from outside the sector to help them learn how best to use the skills and experience of people, irrespective of their sector background. The guide covers four main areas:

  • The Sector – context, composition and character
  • Governance
  • Culture
  • How to become a trustee
Denise Fellows, Director and CEO, Consultancy Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, and the guide’s editor says:“The culture of the nonprofit sector is different from that of the private sector. It is not better or worse, just different, and it is helpful to understand how to navigate the disparities.”

“There are challenges in the world today which require the broad thinking and understanding that can be gained by putting together the knowledge and experience of those in all three sectors –public, private and voluntary. People who can navigate through the different cultures and sectors will be much better equipped to meet those challenges,”adds Ms Fellows.

Ian Joseph, Chief Executive, Trustees Unlimited has written a chapter on ‘How to become a trustee’ entitled ‘Know thyself – motivation’ that looks at the most important things someone must consider before taking on a trusteeship. Joseph says “When thinking about becoming a trustee, one of the first things to consider is why you want to become a trustee. Research has shown that reasons are often varied, with one survey of potential and existing trustees suggesting that there are often mixed motives, notably 30 per cent keen to learn new skills 30 per cent passionate about a particular cause.

“This guide is a useful read for anyone considering a trusteeship as it gives a succinct overview of the sector, the challenges and what to expect and could help someone decide if it’s the right thing for them to be taking on. It’s crucial that people understand all the implications and are as prepared as possible, and are doing it for the right reasons,” adds Mr. Joseph.

The Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme is a year-long programme of free event sponsored by Cass Business School, Mazars LLP and the Macquarie Group Foundation. It is supported by the Association of Chairs, the City Bridge Trust, Coutts and Trustees Unlimited. It was devised by the Lord Mayor’s Consort, Nicholas Woolf to provide a leadership programme within the City to increase the number and effectiveness of charity chairs.

Nicholas Woolf, The Lord Mayor’s Consort said: “I am delighted with how the programme has been received. We have had some really stimulating lectures and debates on many pertinent issues –with another debate and a major conference for Chairs still to come. This important guide is part of a series of legacy materials which capture some of the expertise and experience from the programme, providing continued learning for those working and volunteering in the sector.”

The next debate will be taking place at Coutts on 18 September, looking at Social Engagement; focusing on sports, arts and volunteering. The programme will conclude with a conference for Chairs and city professionals on 21 October 2014.

Also follow @CassCCE using #LMCLP14 to keep up to date with the programme events.

Notes for Editors

The Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor of the City of London

The theme of Fiona Woolf's mayoralty is "The Energy to Transform Lives". The Lord Mayor's Appeal 2014 is supporting four community-based charities that are all transforming lives. They are Beating Bowel Cancer, Princess Alice Hospice, Raleigh International and Working Chance

Main programme sponsors

Cass Business School - Centre for Charity Effectiveness

Cass Business School is ideally placed in the City of London, close to the Bank of England, and at the heart of the capital’s charity triangle. The School’s research output is ranked as world-leading and internationally excellent. Cass is triple-accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, placing it in the elite of global business schools.

The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass (Cass CCE) is the leading nonprofit and philanthropy centre in the UK and has significantly enhanced the performance of hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals across the nonprofit sector.

Our world-class blend of academic research, postgraduate programmes, talent development and consultancy services deliver leading-edge thinking by combining extensive practical experience with best practice, theory and research.

Contact details: / / Tel 020 7040 0901

Mazars LLP is a single integrated international partnership in 71 countries, providing audit, accounting, tax and advisory services. In the UK, we have 116 partners and over 1,250 employees working at our 18 offices. We act for a wide range of not for profit organisations, including charities, social enterprises, social housing and education. As well as compliance services, we work with our charity clients on board development, strategic planning, governance arrangements and risk mitigation. We also have teams working on social finance, sustainable banks, sustainable cities and ethical supply chain auditing.

The philanthropic arm of Macquarie Group, the Macquarie Group Foundation has been investing in communities in which Macquarie staff live and work for more than 25 years, together contributing more than £130 million over that time. The Foundation has a range of initiatives to also build the sustainability of community organisations, including sharing employee skills and supporting programmes that improve the capacity of the non-profit sector. This year the Foundation supported 1300 organisations worldwide, and in London, approximately 30% of Macquarie staff were involved in volunteering programmes in Islington and Hackney.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Getting On Board launches Trustee Research and Infographic

Getting On Board has launched a trustee infographic to promote the benefits of board level volunteering. Download the image HERE for some catchy trustee information!

·         Getting On Board interviews 200 trustees to establish the impact of volunteering

·         Bridging the Skills gap: All 18-24 year trustee respondents have learnt vital skills, and the vast majority (92%) of those out of work have built skills and boosted motivation

·         Tangible professional benefits: A quarter (22%) of trustees have had a promotion as a result of their board level volunteering

·         Employer benefits: Three quarters (85%) of bosses view trusteeship as an effective and low-cost way for staff to develop skills, with over half (62%) of firms seeing CSR benefits

·         Boosting happiness: Trusteeship makes people happy (82%), with three quarters (73%) admitting to  a boost in their confidence

·         Getting on Board launches trustee infographic to promote the benefits of board level volunteering

It’s official – being a trustee makes the UK’s professionals happier, more confident – and perhaps even richer. Getting On Board, the UK charity that helps promotes new leaders through trusteeship, has released new research that underlines the importance of trusteeship for professionals. Through 200 trustee interviews, it establishes that the benefits of trusteeship are not confined to the individual, with employers benefitting from increased expertise, skills and stronger corporate social responsibility programmes.

The results reveal that for job seekers, trusteeship is more important than ever. 92% of trustees who are currently out of work said they felt being a trustee was building their professional skills and boosting their motivation. 73% of respondents said that a role on a charity board boosted their confidence.

For ambitious workers, board level volunteering could provide the next step up the corporate ladder. Trusteeship has taught vital skills to 100% of respondents aged 18-24, with 65% of all trustees stating that a board volunteering role has improved their CV. A quarter of respondents (22%) even went so far as to say that they received a promotion as a result of trusteeship. Trusteeship can also be an important weapon in cultivating female leaders. 74% of polled women improved in confidence thanks to being a trustee, and 38% had new leadership aspirations as a result.
Board-level volunteering is doing wonders for UK employers too. 85% of bosses said trusteeship is an effective and low-cost way for staff to develop skills. 62% of bosses believe that firms that encourage trusteeships among employees positively raise their corporate responsibility profile.

Katherine Sparkes, Chief Executive of Getting On Board, commented: “Our research highlights the many great things about being a trustee, from the opportunity to work with new people on new challenges, to gaining additional experience to help get ahead of the competition when it comes to career aspirations,”
“Being a charity trustee does so much good for individuals, communities and charities. However, the many benefits for careers, causes, health and wealth are simply not being acknowledged widely enough. 85% of trustees don’t think volunteering opportunities are widely known.  With 98% of trustees saying they would recommend board-level volunteering, it is vital that we shout about these fantastic opportunities and the good they bring into all our lives.”

Notes to editors
Figures based on Getting on Board interviews with 200 trustees, past and present, during 2014

For more information, please contact:
Katherine Sparkes
Tel 0117 973 90 19

About Getting on Board
Getting on Board is a charity that helps individuals, employers and members of professional networks become new leaders in communities through board-level volunteering.
For more information visit or follow Getting on Board on Twitter.