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Turbocharging trustee diversity

The Transform programme helps charities to diversify their board through open recruitment and an inclusive board culture. 

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Why Transform?

Transform will teach your charity how to set up an open recruitment strategy.

By the end of the programme participating charities will have implemented a recruitment campaign to recruit trustees to their board. 

You’ll be investing time into this process and be committed to running a real-time trustee recruitment process, with the full support and guidance of Getting on Board’s team of governance and recruitment experts.

Transform covers
  • Working out who you need on your board

  • Auditing existing board skills, knowledge and experience

  • Working through where to find and inspire the trustees you need

  • Creating and placing inclusive adverts

  • Setting up successful shortlisting and interview format

  • Onboarding new trustees

  • Creating inclusive board cultures

Is Transform right for my charity?

Your charity should be committed to wanting to shift the composition of its board, even if it’s not sure why. You will want to recruit trustees within the next 6 months.


The charities we work with are often struggling to articulate why they might benefit from wider representation on their board and/or don’t know where to start in terms of the practicalities of recruiting a broader range of trustees. 

Transform Course Director Kathryn Sullivan explains what charities learn and how they benefit from the Transform programme in a pre-recorded 20 minute info webinar. 

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What does Transform involve?

  • Your organisation joins a select cohort of charities.  

  • An pre-recorded introductory webinar which you can share with your trustees and senior staff which outlines the programme and explains the board’s role in trustee diversity and inclusion.  

  • Six two-hour live masterclasses for 2 trustees and/or senior executive team members, guides you through how to assess your needs, prepare for, plan and run a successful open recruitment campaign.

  • Access to one-to-one support and coaching throughout the recruitment process.

  • A discount on our inclusion training: a closed session for your board to help them understand their role in inclusive governance.

Still wondering if it's right for you? Book a 15 minute call with Getting on Board Chief Executive Penny Wilson to talk through your board's needs and how Transform can help. 

Board involvement

There should be at least informal board approval to recruit trustees openly, although it’s not uncommon for us to work with organisations where at least some of the trustees are sceptical. 

Your board should want to improve its diversity because it shares our belief that diverse voices will improve governance, strengthen the organisation and better enable the charity to deliver on its objectives, not because it simply wants to appear to be diverse.

The board’s involvement in the latter stages of the process will be essential. Board discussions, processing applications, shortlisting, interviews, appointment and the induction of new trustees are essential to the successful implementation of the programme. We recommend those delegated to manage recruitment allow at least three days for this.

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Dates and costs

Getting on Board runs three cohorts a year. Applications are currently open for Autumn 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024. See the dates and registration details below.

If your charity is a grant recipient of Lloyds Bank Foundation or Trust for London you can ask them to support your organisation through the Transform Programme. 

Transform Cohorts

Autumn 2023

Spring 2024

Summer 2024


Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30pm

17 October

24 October

7 November

14 November

28 November

5 December

4 June 12:30-14:00

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm

21st February

28th February

13th March

20th March

3rd April

10th April

9 October 16:30-18:00

Tuesdays, 5-7pm

7 May

14 May

21 May

4 June

11 June

18 June

7 January, 17:00-18:30

Deadline for registration

11 October 2023

7 February 2024

23 April 2024


Cost to each organisation is £1,750

We offer a 30% discount if your charity's income is under 100K. Please let us know via the registration form

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