19th Apr 2018


This two-hour workshop blends short presentations and small group exercises with the focus on drawing from our collective experiences to deepen understanding of, and model, best practice.

This workshop explores the duties and behaviours of outstanding trustees. It is designed for individuals new to trusteeship or seeking to refresh their knowledge and understanding of this important role.

The workshop is underpinned by a new trustee competency framework ensuring alignment with current best practice guidance including the Charity Commission publication The essential trustee, the Charity Governance Code for smaller or larger charities, and the ICSA Trustee competency matrix.

By taking part in the workshop, you will gain full access to the framework supporting your development as a trustee as well as contributing to improved governance practice within your charity.


  • Introduction to the First Trusteeship Competency Framework
  • Exploring your duties as a trustee
    Behaviours of an outstanding trustee:
    > Raising awareness and understanding
    > Identifying most important (and sometimes most difficult) behaviours to get right
    > What this means in practice? What gets in the way?
  • How might we overcome it?
  • Reflections and next steps


Robert Laycock

Robert’s experience of effective governance includes 12 years leading regional arts based charity Helix Arts; nine years trustee and chair of North Tyneside Art Studio supporting people with severe and enduring mental health problems; three years parent governor and chair of governors at Marden High School and, three years board member Beacon Films CIC supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and additional needs.


Stephanie Cole

Stephanie has worked and volunteered in the voluntary, charity and social enterprise sector for 20 years specialising in governance, capacity building and organisation development. She’s worked for Newcastle CVS and North Tyneside VODA, and now runs Sharing Learning Doing, a social enterprise that helps people and organisations do good things in their communities.

Next workshop

Date and time: 19 April, 16:30-19:00
Location: Newcastle
Venue: Community Foundation, Philanthropy House, Woodbine Road, Gosforth, NE3 1DD

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