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Making smart decisions: it’s about people and leadership

2 February 2017

Tuesday 24th January saw over 60 trustees and leaders from Buckinghamshire charities and not-for-profit groups get together to discuss the challenges and benefits of being a trustee.

Delegates heard how being responsible for the running of a charity or group is harder now than it’s ever been; increased scrutiny, delegates at trustee conferencechallenging financial times coupled with an increase in demand all mean that making smart decisions is crucial.  Yet delegates were also reminded of the reward that comes with being a trustee; and that's about the difference they make to the lives of people as well as the value they add to their own personal and professional life.

The afternoon was filled with insightful speakers challenging and supporting delegates to think about what they could do differently.  Practical hints and tips from the day include:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask challenging questions
  • Be interested, be curious; it’s your responsibility to know what’s going on
  • Take the long view; being a trustee is not about day to day delivery
  • Know your constitution
  • Make sure you provide a robust induction for new trustees
  • Carry out annual board evaluations to establish what works and what doesn’t
  • Above all remember to enjoy it!

Twenty-two organisations took advantage of the sold-out evening matchmaking fair where they could meet with potential trustees all looking for the right charity or group to give their time and expertise to.  This was the second year the event was run and attracted even more potential delegates than 2016.

What our delegates said:

“The session was very useful… it can be quite a lonely feeling sometimes when you’re trying to sort these things.”  John Shaw, Chiltern Rangers CIC

“We really enjoyed it and have made some really good contacts.”  Maria Mindak, Talkback

“Thank you for organising and hosting a really successful trustee matching event.”  Potential trustee

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