A Community First Yorkshire event

How to Diversify Your Charity Board

Image depicting people having a board meeting with Getting onBoard logo on the left upper corner

Event aims

Join national trustee recruitment and diversity charity, Getting On Board, for a practical workshop about how charities can diversify their trustee boards, and ensure that their new trustees are set up to succeed.

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.

Why is this? What could improved board diversity do for charities? What are the tried and tested practical actions you can take to recruit and retain diverse trustees? And how can you ensure that when your new trustees join the board, they are set up to contribute rather than be excluded by often unintentional behaviours?

This live, interactive training will be delivered over Zoom.

Who should attend?

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

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

What will you learn? 

  • During this session you will develop your understanding of:
  • What diverse recruitment looks like in practice.
  • The trustee recruitment process.
  • Top practical tips to improve trustee diversity.
  • A deeper dive into effective recruitment adverts.
  • Where to find trustees.
  • Inclusive board practices.
  • Once your trustees join the board, how to make sure they are set up to contribute rather than excluded by often unintentional behaviours.

About the trainer 

The session will be delivered by trustee recruitment charity Getting on Board.

Anj Handa has 17 years’ experience of board participation, she leads the Charity Board Leadership Programme for Getting On Board. Anj was one of ’10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With’, Forbes 2019.

How to book

Book your place here. Booking deadline date is Monday 24 January at 12pm.

If you have any questions about the training please contact the Community Support Team communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or telephone 01904 704 177.

If you have any questions about booking or invoicing please contact info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or telephone 01904 704 177.


Attendees can receive refunds for cancellations up to 7 days before the event date.


This event is free to organisations in North Yorkshire with an income of up to £5k thanks to funding from North Yorkshire County Council.

Places for other organisations are £24 each (£20 +VAT).

If you are a small organisation that would struggle to attend this training, a limited number of bursary places may be available. Please contact communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk or 01904 704177 to discuss this further.

Please note that non-attendance on training you have booked on will require the full payment, this also applies to bursary and funded places. This is to allow as many participants as possible access to our training. See our Terms and Conditions for more information.


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