Charity Board Leadership Programme

Becoming a trustee can be life changing - for you and the charity you serve. Many aspiring trustees know they have plenty to offer the right charity board but don’t know how to kickstart their journey to becoming a charity trustee. 

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Learning to lead a charity

The Charity Board Leadership Programme is a flagship course for people like you who are serious about building a charity trusteeship into their career or volunteering pathway. The programme is designed for everyone, regardless of your day job, age and your level of professional seniority. The most important qualities you can have are enthusiasm and the will to make a difference.


The Charity Board Leadership Programme will teach you what makes an effective, strategic and responsible trustee.

What the programme involves

We demystify the role of a trustee, break down the process of applying to be a trustee into manageable steps, and give you a full understanding of how to be a charity board member.  


You will gain an enhanced understanding of the charity sector, how charities work and how to identify and overcome common charity challenges.

You’ll learn the essentials of charity governance and how to navigate key resources like the Charity Commission website. 


You’ll discover how to match your professional skills and lived experience to a charity’s needs.


You’ll understand how to decipher the jargon of a trustee advert, watch out for red flags and how to adapt your CV to match the expectations of a charity board. 

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Supportive environment

This is a live interactive online course. You’ll join a small, supportive cohort, with no more than 20 delegates in total, from a wide range of backgrounds and sectors.


The course is fully participatory, incorporating live application guidance, mock interview support and peer-to-peer discussions in breakout rooms, as well as charity expert-led panels with real time Q&As.


You’ll network with multiple, senior charity sector experts.


We guide you through the trustee application process, giving you one-to-one expert support to find vacancies (including those which aren’t advertised), help you conduct due diligence on prospective charities and maximise your chances of securing the best trustee role for you. 

Expert trainers

Our team of trainers have a wealth of experience in the charity sector. They are sector leaders in governance, organisational leadership and development. They come equipped with in-depth knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as social change practices. They are all trustees themselves and have both working and professional knowledge of the sector. 

High success rate

Previous cohorts have included fundraisers, digital specialists, HR people, marketeers, investment analysts, diplomats, sales execs, charity CEOs, lawyers, retirees from massively diverse careers, social workers and many, many more. These are people from all along the career spectrum, those in the first years of their career to people with years of experience on the clock. 


The Charity Board Leadership Programme supports candidates to successfully land trustee roles they’re passionate about. 

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Course dates & fees

The course is tailored to you. We support you on your personal journey to finding a trustee position which matches your particular skills and experience with a charity that genuinely needs them, while complementing your own life plans and passions.


The course costs £875 per person.


Getting on Board runs six cohorts a year, two each concurrently in spring, summer and autumn. Applications for Autumn 2022 will open soon.

CBLP Cohorts

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Autumn 2022


17 Jan - 14 March

20 Jan - 17 March

28 March - 6 June

31 March - 9 June


Deadline for registration

Registration now closed

Registration now closed


Financial aid

We know that not all aspiring trustees have access to the funds to finance their training easily. If you are interested in joining the Charity Board Leadership Programme and would like to hear more about the discretionary help we may be able to offer, please email us at


Our candidates often have their course fees paid for by their employer from professional development or CSR budgets. We've prepared some useful information to help you make the case to them. Payment must be made in full before the start of the course.

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Charity Board Leadership Scheme bursary

Only 8% of trustees are people of colour (vs 14% of the wider population), and only 2.9% of trustees are women of colour. It’s simply not good enough. Charities can’t be as effective, just and inclusive as they need to be until we change the face of trusteeship.

That's why every year, thanks to the generosity of our supporters we are able to offer a number of fully funded bursary places on the Charity Board Leadership Programme.


We have so far supported 12 individuals with bursaries. Since September 2020 the 12 have already secured 9 trusteeships and one NHS board position between them! They have shown the most amazing commitment to using their skills, knowledge and expertise on charity boards. 

We have a huge demand for our bursary scheme which sadly outstrips the number of places we can offer. Therefore we are not currently accepting new applications for the bursary scheme.