Cass Business School and FT Non-Executive Directors’ Club to deliver specialist trustee training

Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) and the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club (FT NEDs’ Club) announce their collaboration to develop a training programme for new and aspiring charity trustees.

A first of its kind, the programme will prepare and support experienced executives who have taken on a charity trustee role, or are considering doing so. The first workshop will be held on March 7th 2017.

The Charity Commission[i] states that one in five charities have at least one UK trustee vacancy, and many find it difficult to recruit trustees with the right skills. At the same time, City Philanthropy[ii] has revealed that one of the main barriers facing senior business people wishing to volunteer is a lack of confidence that their skills are useful to charities.

Cass CCE and FT NEDs’ Club have developed this one-day programme for corporate leaders who wish to deliver maximum impact as a non-executive director in the charity sector.

Using real life examples and case studies, expert speakers will discuss in-depth the differences between the nonprofit and other sectors, whilst giving practical insight into the challenges and opportunities likely to arise when transitioning to the role of charity trustee.

Dean of Cass Business School, Marianne Lewis, said, “Our focus is on helping sectors, organisations and individuals thrive in a dynamic, interconnected world. With this in mind, I am delighted with this collaboration between the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club and the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness. This practical and personal approach will ensure delegates understand how to develop maximum impact as a trustee with the opportunity of learning from successful leaders across multiple backgrounds.”

Global Director of Financial Times Career Management, Steve Playford, said, We have many years of experience at the Financial Times in helping Non-Executives to enhance their skills, and the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness is a perfect partner for us to work with. Bringing together the high level of experience of both organisations has allowed us to create a strong programme which will benefit both charities and the people who sit on their boards.”

The programme will take place at Cass Business School, Aldersgate, London on March 7th 2017.

More information from Cass CCE.


About the workshop

The workshop is ideal for experienced executives from the corporate and public sector as well as members of professional advisory firms who are considering taking on a trustee role for the first time, especially those who are thinking of combining a nonprofit position with a range of for profit roles. The programme is also beneficial for existing trustees who look for fresh thinking to keep up with the pace of change in the sector.

Places are £375 + VAT including lunch and refreshments, followed by drinks reception and networking. The workshop will take place at Cass Business School, Aldersgate, London on March 7th 2017.