Charity trustees: Induction and refresher training

  • 1 day
  • Governance and trustees
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.

Who should attend?

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."

Who runs it?

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.


The training will run from 09.30 until 16.30.

Would you like to run this training for your organisation?

All of our training courses can be delivered at your premises at a time and date that suits you. We can work with you to tailor our courses to match your needs. Often if you have four or more learners, in house training may be more cost effective. 
For more information please complete our online contact form.

Contact us 

Email or phone (020 7520 2587) the training team with any questions or queries you may have on our training courses.

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Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. NCVO members also receive a 30% discount off training prices. Organisations with a gross annual income of less than £30k can join NCVO for free and will then qualify for the discount.

Below £5 million £5 million or above
NCVO member £204.00 £362.00
Non-NCVO member £291.00 £517.00