Better Boards - Trustee Development Programme

Tailored Workshops and Seminars to improve the effectiveness of Hertfordshire Charities

It is widely recognised that well-functioning trustee boards and management committees that have clear and productive relationships with the management and staff, provide solid foundations for success and long term sustainability in charitable organisations. In reality, the boards in many organisations are not as effective as they could be.
The most common reason for this is a lack of understanding of the roles and responsibilities of trustees under the Charity Governance Code (2017). This underpins everything, however there are many other issues that those who support VCS organisations come across such as the quality of the working relationship between trustees and managers.
Where HCF has had the opportunity to provide effective training and development in these areas it can be transformational in terms of unlocking the potential of the organisation as a whole.

Better Boards Trainers

HCF Training and Development has established a team of trainers to deliver this new programme - all with extensive experience of managing organisations, being members of boards themselves and of providing support and training for local charities. The photograph below was taken at the Train the Trainer day on 6th February 2019 which was run by our lead trainer, Sue Pearlman.
The Better Boards Programme

The programme is supported by Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services and is now open for applications. Organisations that provide adult social care services in Hertfordshire will be entitled to:
  • An initial consultation delivered at their premises supplemented by telephone interviews as required. The purpose of these is to understand their board's situation and identify development needs

  • Good Governance training workshop – 4 hours delivered in-house to the board and Chief Executive/key senior manager(s). Offered to organisations whose board has not received training since the 2017 Charity Governance Code.

  • Bite-size workshops - short sessions on relevant issues delivered at board meetings. Organisations will be entitled to two Bite-Size sessions free of charge plus one further session at a subsidised rate of £100. Additional sessions will be at full cost (£150 plus trainer’s expenses)

  • Open seminars tackling relevant topics for trustees and/or CEOs to learn with peers

Download the Workshop Outlines below for further details on the above. Please note that the Bite Size and Seminar topics will be identified and prioritised following the initial consultations.
HCFT Better Boards Workshop Outlines
HCFT Better Boards Workshop Outlines

To apply for Better Boards please download and complete and submit the application form.
HCFT Better Boards Application Form
HCFT Better Boards Application Form for Organisations

If you are unsure of your organisation's eligibility for the Better Boards programme, please contact us first on 01707 251351 or email Organisations that are not eligible may also contact us to discuss the cost of providing the training that they need.

Building Effective Boards

A practical resource for trustees developed by #TeamHerts Volunteering and HCF Training and Development.
Click HERE for further information and to download the document and resources.

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