Being a Good Board Member

Level: Basic

Category: Leading your organisation

This course provides the essential overview for new trustees or those who want to refresh their understanding of their duties. It covers legal obligations, good practice, common challenges and how the role and responsibilities relate to the whole organisation.

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Thursday, 25 February, 2021 - 18:00 to 20:30

What is this course about?

This course helps organisations and trustees to establish clarity over the role, responsibilities, duties and mutual expectations of being on a charity board. This includes:
•    The practicalities of being a trustee and working with the Chair, Chief Executive, Treasurer, etc.
•    How to avoid common mistakes and make being a trustee rewarding and productive
•    Good practice and how to learn from colleagues and other organisations

Why is it this course relevant or important at the moment?

Over half the Charity Commission's investigations into complaints or concerns about charities completed in 2011-12 involve basic failures of trusteeship. Trustees failed to act according to their organisation's governing document, failed to manage conflicts of interest and failed to oversee fundraising and finance effectively - all basic errors that could have been avoided with basic information and understanding of trustee's roles and responsibilities. 

In the current climate, "strong governance is more important than ever" for charities to manage risk and achieve their objectives. To do this, trustees need to get the basics right - not just to avoid problems, but to ensure they and their organisations get the satisfaction and leadership they want from the relationship.

Quotes from previous participants:
"Good balance of information and interaction and achieved all the aims. Well delivered with great enthusiasm!”

“Very good session, hit all the relevant points”

"Excellent quality facilitation and knowledge, really good value for money and local venue was great".

What will you learn?

  • Recognise your organisational structure
  • The roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Analyse the strategic role of the board versus the management role
  • The principles of good governance
  • How to recognise bad practice relating to boards and develop solutions

Who is the course for?

New and existing board members or trustees; anyone thinking about joining a board; those who work with boards and want a new perspective.

Price: £94, around 40% off for Voscur Full Members on our half day courses, 20% off for Voscur Affiliates.

Full members: £55

Affiliates: £77

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What else do you need to know?

The type of constitution your organisation has and its legal identity e.g. Ltd company, Trust, CIC.

To take part you will need a laptop with a camera, microphone, and Wi-Fi. You will not require any additional software. You will be emailed an invitation with a link to join the online training prior to the course. Voscur is running all our training online due to the ongoing public health situation with coronavirus (or COVID-19). This decision was taken in line with local and national health advice, and to safeguard the health of our attendees and staff. We are aware that many VCSE organisations in the city are focusing their efforts on providing and changing their services to respond to communities. For more information about coronavirus, see

If you cancel your place on a paid for training course you will need to give at least 2 weeks' notice in which case a full refund/credit note will be issued. Less than 2 weeks' notice will result in the full cost of the course being invoiced (not being refunded/credited), unless you can give the place to somebody else.  If the place is transferred to someone else there may be an adjustment on payment/fee depending on their/their organisations membership status.

If you have been offered a free place, or the training you have booked is a free session: if you do not cancel giving at least 2 weeks' notice and you fail to attend (and are unable to send someone in your place) an admin fee of £25 will be charged, we will invoice you/your organisation.

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