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A trustee's role and responsibilities

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This practical four-part course will introduce you to the key aspects and responsibilities of any trustee role.

      Through this four part course you will gain a better understanding of the role of a trustee, in any organisation, including key legal duties and areas of potential liability.

      Course structure

      • Trusteeship in context - a look at the sector
      • The trustee role and legal duties
      • Liability and legal forms for organisations
      • Board leadership - governance versus management

      Learning outcomes

      By the end of the course you will have:

      • a basic overview of the voluntary sector
      • a better understanding of the key legal responsibilities of trustees
      • an understanding of the different legal structures that charities can take
      • an understanding of the liabilities of trustees and how these can be limited
      • knowledge of how the board should best operate alongside staff and volunteers.

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      Further resources

      At the end of this course we'll sign-post you to:

      • useful templates
      • publications and guidance
      • further training
      • other useful links.

      Find out about your trainer

      Dan Francis is NCVO's governance consultant - he is responsible for NCVO’s governance consultancy offer, focusing on governance reviews, board performance and trustee training. He joined NCVO from the National Union of Students (NUS) where, as a long standing consultant, he supported the organisational development of local students’ unions as charities.

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