A Community First Yorkshire event

Trustee Essentials Session 5 – Building an Inclusive Board

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Having trustees with a diverse mix of expertise and life experiences can help your board/committee make decisions.

However, why is it that only a third of trustees are women, 8% are people of colour and one third are under 50? 50% of charities report that their board does not reflect the communities they serve; and 74% of charities struggle to find the trustees they need.

How do trustees recruit a more diverse board and what benefits would that bring to your organisation?

Event aims

This training will explore  tried and tested practical actions you can take to recruit and retain diverse trustees. It will get you to think differently about how you approach your recruitment. And, diversifying your board could be one of the very best things you do for the strength, resilience and relevance of your organisation.

This live, interactive training focuses on the role in practice. Along with our five other trustee training sessions,our training will support you in your role as a trustee and ensure you are meeting the Charity Good Governance Code.

What will you learn?

Gain an understanding of:

  • What inclusion means in a board context
  • What diverse recruitment looks like in practice
  • Barriers to trustee inclusion
  • What it might feel like to be in a non-inclusive board environment
  • Practical and dynamic steps trustees can take to create an inclusive board culture.
Take advantage of our suite of trustee training sessions

You can either dip your toe into this one training session, or dive right in to all of our sessions.

We’ve developed a suite of trustee training that covers everything you need to know about becoming a great trustee, as set out in the Charity Good Governance Code – from finance and risk, to safeguarding, diversity and recruitment.

Other training session available to you include:

Who should attend?

This training is particularly aimed at staff or volunteers of small to medium sized charities.

  • Trustees keen to take the next step in performance
  • Trustees wanting to take on more board responsibility
  • Experienced trustees wanting a refresher.

Please note this training is aimed at organisations and groups based in North Yorkshire or delivering services within North Yorkshire.

About the trainer

Shahida Iqbal, Director, Manar Associates Ltd

Shahida has extensive experience of supporting charities to work through governance issues.

Cost and concessions

£18 (including VAT)

Concessionary places

Thanks to funding from North Yorkshire County Council, we have free ‘first come, first served’ places if you meet either of the criteria below. You can self-select a free place during booking.


  • You are from a North Yorkshire VCSE organisation with an income of up to £5k


  • You are from a North Yorkshire VCSE organisation with an income of up to £25k which is experiencing financial hardship and would struggle to pay .

These spaces are limited so if a free place is not shown when you go to book, you can ask to be added to the waiting list for a free place on a future training session.

No shows and concessions

Please note that if you don’t attend training that you have booked on without giving seven days notice, you will be required to make the full payment. This also applies to free places. This is to allow as many participants as possible access to our training. See our Terms and Conditions for more information.


Attendees can receive refunds for cancellations up to seven days before the event date.

Contact details

If you have any questions about booking or invoicing please contact info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or telephone 01904 704177.

Booking details

Book your place on this session here.

Booking deadline date: Tuesday 28 February 2023, 12:30pm