Trustees’ Week 2020: Supporting good governance during the pandemic

Today marks the start of Trustees’ Week 2020. In a year which has been extremely challenging for many organisations, this week offers us the opportunity to pause and thank those who volunteer their time to lead charities.

Over the last six months, charities have seen income reduce and the way organisations deliver work change significantly. This is all whilst board meetings have become remote affairs with decisions even more time-sensitive.

Being a trustee always involves complex decisions, but 2020 has been unique in presenting tough challenges full of unknown unknowns. Never has there been more need for committed, skilled and diverse trustees.

As an organising partner, NCVO is therefore delighted to play a role in supporting the Trustees’ Week campaign. We want to say thank you to trustees, but we also want to offer support to help them govern in this challenging time.

What we’ve got planned for the week

We’ll be publishing blog posts during the week highlighting our activities and key governance resources. Sign up to hear from NCVO.

Across Trustees’ Week, we’re also dropping the members login requirements so that all trustees can access our:

If you find these useful, then be sure to sign up for membership. Our membership is free to the smallest organisations.

Other Trustees’ Week activity

Our Trustees’ Week partners are also running lots of exciting events and activity which you can view on the Trustees’ Week website. This includes:

Launch of new e-learning training

We know that one of the challenges facing small charity’s and those with a limited budget is ensuring access to a high-quality induction for their trustees.

I’m therefore really delighted to announce that we’re planning the launch of our new trustee induction online module which will be hosted on the FSI website. This new e-Learning is intended to offer a self-guided and low-cost introduction to being a trustee. I’ll share more details on this as soon as its available and in next months governance roundup. So watch this space!

This e-Learning will complement our more in depth trustee training offered by our consulting team which is now being delivered on Zoom. These interactive sessions are split over two half days and offer an induction or refresher for board members.

These have been hugely popular and we continue to add new dates. To browse our governance courses and other sessions, visit our training pages.

Dan Francis is NCVO’s lead governance consultant. For more regular updates follow @mynameisdanfran or @NCVO on Twitter.


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Dan is responsible for NCVO’s governance consultancy offer, focusing on governance reviews, board performance and trustee training. He joined NCVO from the National Union of Students (NUS) where, as a long standing consultant, he supported the organisational development of local students’ unions as charities.

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