Building Effective Boards

Is passion enough? An active, involved and well-trained trustee board is essential for the success of any small charity. But how do you ensure that your Board is working for you, championing your cause and promoting your activities?


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This half-day workshop is targeted at charity CEOs, Directors and Senior Staff, who want to know how to get the best out of their Trustee Board. It will go beyond the legal obligations of trustees and look at what makes a truly High Performing Board.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Engage and inspire trustees to go beyond the basic requirements of their role, bringing their full range of skills and values in order to demonstrate outstanding leadership;
  • Understand and develop the relationship between the senior staff member and the Chair of the board;
  •  Undertake a Skills Audit to ensure an effective, skilled Board and identify gaps; 
  • Understand the role of Trustees as the most senior fundraisers within the charity and their strategic responsibility for fundraising;
  • Review the performance of the Board and consider succession planning within their charity’s Board.

The workshop will be delivered in partnership with the FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) the leading UK provider of support, training and advice to small charities. The training will be facilitated by Janine Edwards, Head of Consultancy and Development at the FSI. Janine brings significant experience from the private and charity sector including strategic development, governance, diversifying income/developing earned income streams and impact measurement.  Janine is a qualified teacher and action learning facilitator, with a wealth of experience in designing and developing outcome-based support solutions for clients in the public, private and charity sector.  She is also an accredited Social Return on Investment practitioner.  

Janine is a Trustee of the Gordon Moody Association, a UK charity providing advice, education and innovative therapeutic support to problem gamblers and those affected by problem gambling.

The workshop will run from 10am - 1pm and will be followed by a networking lunch (a kosher vegetarian lunch will be provided)