A Community First Yorkshire event

Strengthening your Board: Dynamics and Diversity

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Quote in blue background saying: "I am so impressed with this course that I have had agreement that all our new trustees will attend it." Philip Richardson, MBE

NEW for 2023: 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?

This 2 ½ hour training session 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. Diversifying your board could be one of the very best things you do for the strength, resilience and relevance of your organisation.

By the end of the course you will have an understanding of:

  • What inclusion means in a board context
  • What diverse recruitment looks like in practice
  • Barriers to trustee inclusion
  • Practical and dynamic steps trustees can take to create an inclusive board culture
  • Some of the typical features of a well-functioning board/committee with good board/committee dynamics
  • How to recognise and help develop positive dynamics

In addition, the workshop will discuss how to develop positive and constructive relationships amongst board/committee members so that you are all working together in the best interests of the 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.

Who should attend?

This training is particularly aimed at staff or volunteers of small to medium sized charities, including:

  • 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

£35 (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 7 days before the event date.

Contact details

Booking queries contact
Email: info@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Tel: 01904 704177

Programme queries
Email: communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk
Tel: 01904 704177

Booking details

Book your place here.

Booking deadline date: Wednesday 6 December @ 12.30