Governance and Trusteeship
VANEL encourages and supports good governance across charities and voluntary and community groups. We share resources, provide training and support and can help boards develop their skills and recruit trustees.
What is governance? What is trusteeship? Basic information to understand how governance works and how VANEL can help.
Recruiting a Trustee
– Advice on recruiting to your board
– places to look to find trustees
– current local trustee vacancies
– recruiting via the Volunteer Centre
Common Board Issues
Recruitment to the board
Board behaviour issues
Starting out as a Trustee
Support for you as a Trustee
Training for new Trustees
– “Tea and Trustees” monthly support and discussions
Useful resources and information
Has your organisation got a Supporting Volunteers Award?
Supporting your Volunteer Board
How you can support your Trustees?
Developing your Board
Governance Training from VANEL
– What training can VANEL help with?
– Micro Governance Training sessions
– Roles and Responsibilities for Trustees
– Developing your Board training
– Technology for Trustees training
– Bespoke Training
Ask us about Governance
The weekly roundup from VANEL on good governance, charity trusteeship and non-profit leadership. News, information, resources and ideas. Complemented by our monthly “View from the Top” e-newsletter (Trustee Network members only), our “aboutgovernance” online discussion space for leaders and trustees and our @aboutgovernance Twitter feed.
If you missed the monthly Governance Roundup from NCVO recently, it’s still worth going back to it for a read. Read it in full here.
As always, there are a couple of challenging articles about Governance and Trusteeship appearing on the Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network. They are however, worth a read as they demonstrate the state of governance across our sector as a whole.
So have a read of: “Charities must get tougher over governance: even if it hurts“. And there is a controversial article here assessing the value of trustees at all! With a response article following up on that here – combining both positive and negative attitudes. These attitudes to governance are very real and it’s a reason we at VANEL are keen to encourage good and better governance. But there are a million trustees in charities across the UK so its very likely that a lot of them are also carrying out their roles in a powerful and effective manner too. Sometimes the negative can outweigh the positive, but it would be nice to know about these positives too. If you’ve got thoughts on these articles I’d be very happy to hear from you.
Do you have new or less experienced trustees on board?
If so, we’re continuing to run our popular “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees“. We’ll be setting a new date very soon for the next of these two hour sessions. So if you or your trustees would like to be added to the list, we’ll be trying our best to choose a date and time that suits as many people as possible. Prices are £10 per head or £15 for non-members or (potentially) free for trustees aged under 30. Contact me direct (see below) to book or express interest.
Finally, keep an eye out for the March edition of “The View from the Top”. We’ve been rethinking this publication over the past couple of months, but there will be a new issue out before the end of March. If you’ve not received it previously then please drop me an email and, if you are connected to a VANEL member or friend organisation then I’ll add you to the mailing list.
To discuss governance, trusteeship or leadership, or to subscribe to the Trustee Network, please drop me a line.
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Our weekly roundup of news related to governance, trusteeship and leadership. A roundup from NCVO on governance is out. Interesting articles and publications to read. An update on our Induction training next week and more.
Our weekly roundup of news related to governance, trusteeship and leadership. This week a reminder about our next upcoming training sessions as well as some challenging and thought provoking articles for all trustees to consider.
If you are new to the role of being a Trustee then our “Induction and Refresher Training” session is a great way for you to understand your role and your responsibilities. Even if you’ve been a trustee for a while now, the course can also be a great refresher. Our next session is on 23rd September, so read on for full details.
Ar article originally published in issue 02 of the monthly VANEL e-newsletter about governance, trusteeship and leadership – “The View from the Top”. Article explores 4 important “D’s” that charity leaders, boards and committees should keep en eye on…