International law firm invites lawyers to ‘Step on Board’ and become trustees

International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges has introduced the ‘Step on Board’ programme from Trustees Unlimited and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) as part of the London office’s corporate social responsibility strategy.

The programme is designed to empower business professionals in the private sector to become trustees of charities or take up non-executive roles in organisations with a social or environmental mission.

Through one-to-one coaching sessions and interactive workshops led by sector experts, Step on Board prepares potential trustees to be ‘board ready’ from day one. The sessions enable candidates to quickly grasp what charities need from trustees, how the charitable sector operates, the role and responsibilities of trustees and the contribution they are expected to make. Following the programme, candidates will take up positions on a charity’s board or work as a non-executive in the voluntary sector.

Weil will benefit from being able to offer senior employees a new approach to professional development and at the same time enhance its corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies.

Peter King, Partner and Co-Chair of the Global Pro bono committee at Weil said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our lawyers to demonstrate their commercial acumen and passion for giving something back to society. We look forward to celebrating when our first lawyer secures a position on a trustee board.”

Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited said: “We are delighted Weil, Gotshal & Manges have signed up to Step on Board and look forward to working with their candidates over the coming years. Encouraging employees to work with charities is one of the most effective ways for companies to improve their satisfaction and engagement levels.

“Becoming a trustee goes beyond ordinary management training and we hope all the candidates really enjoy the programme and gain some valuable skills and insights into the charity world,” adds Mr Joseph.


About Step on Board

Step on Board was created in response to increased interest from corporates looking to engage with charities in more meaningful, impactful and sustainable ways. By engaging trained Step on Board trustees, charities can complete inductions more quickly and welcome trustees who are able to make a valuable contribution from day one.

The programme benefits both charities and private companies and promotes the cross-sector sharing of skills and experience. It offers a more engaging, sustainable and cost-effective form of professional development than more traditional styles of leadership training.

As a bespoke service, the programme can be tailored to an organisation’s individual corporate responsibility goals or can be folded into its existing continuous professional development.

For more information about the programme, visit or email

About NCVO

NCVO is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector which has a pre-eminent reputation in relation to governance and trusteeship with over 11,000 members.

Inspired by its members, NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering – connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations – from the smallest community groups to the largest charities.

About Trustees Unlimited

Established in October 2009, Trustees Unlimited and its sister organisation, Non Executives Unlimited, are joint venture organisation between NCVO, Bates Wells Braithwaite, and Russam GMS to provide a solution to the problem many not for profit organisations face – trying to recruit high quality trustees in a rigorous and yet cost effective way.

Trustees Unlimited has quickly established itself as one of the premier providers of trustee and non executive recruitment.

Whether it is a trustee for a charity, a director for a social enterprise or a volunteer to sit on an audit committee, Trustees Unlimited has unprecedented access to a large group of high calibre people who are actively looking for such roles and offers a unique model of delivery.

With a database and network that is both large and diverse Trustees Unlimited is making a real difference in terms of helping boards become balanced and effective.

Trustees Unlimited and its sister service, Non-Executives Unlimited, are committed to improving governance in the Civil Society Sector and through recruitment, training and mentoring have developed a unique offering that is helping many organisations strengthen their boards. 

About Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Weil, Gotshal & Manges is an international law firm of approximately 1,100 lawyers, including approximately 300 partners. Weil is headquartered in New York, with offices in Beijing, Boston, Budapest, Dallas, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Miami, Munich, Paris, Prague, Princeton, Providence, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Warsaw and Washington, D.C.

Weil’s London office was established in 1996 and is a leader in the U.K. legal market and the hub of our European practice. We support a varied client base of European, U.S. and global private equity houses, corporates and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border matters.

In London, Weil has developed an award-winning CSR programme which is built on five pillars: Pro Bono, Social Mobility & Education, Philanthropy, Diversity and Sustainability. In 2014, the London office devoted over 6,300 hours to pro bono legal advice, an average of 43 hours per lawyer.