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Trustees' Week

Trustees’ Week is an annual event showcasing the great work of the 700,000 volunteer trustees who run charities in England and Wales. As an organising partner NCVO is delighted to play a role in supporting the campaign.

Trustees are volunteers who take on ultimate legal, strategic and oversight responsibility for an organisation’s work. They play a vital leadership role in any charity.

Trustees’ Week 2020

Trustees’ Week 2020 will take place 2–6 November. It's an opportunity to highlight the excellent work of trustees, support boards to improve their governance, and encourage new people to consider trusteeship and volunteering opportunities.

During the week, we’ll be running a variety of online activities, follow the links below to find out more.

Governance tools and resources

At NCVO we are committed to supporting organisations of all sizes to implement the . Our board tools and resources map against the code’s recommended practice. This means that wherever the code suggests you should have a document or process in place, we have the templates, guidance or  online training which will help you implement this.

We also have two diagnostic tools to help you understand where your charity’s gaps are and how you can improve your governance. These include our governance wheel tool which links directly to the code and our guidance for .

The majority of these recourses are available to NCVO members.  Find out more about NCVO membership.

Board review tools

The governance code encourages boards to review their collective performance and the contribution of individual trustees. We have guidance on how trustees can approach this, which includes advice on the different approaches and a template for a self-evaluation.


Due to the covid-19 pandemic we have moved our training courses online. Our governance courses include:

Governance eLearning

We’ll soon be launching a governance eLearning course. It’s accessible, interactive and lets you study at your own pace, anywhere, at any time. This self-study eLearning course can fit around your schedule and priorities. Find out more.

Trusted Charity

Trusted Charity is a straightforward process designed to help you run your organisation more effectively and efficiently. It sets out what organisations need to have in place to ensure sound governance practices, proper financial and risk management systems, and a reliable system for measuring outcomes. Find out more.

Ongoing trustee and governance support across the year

Across the year we offer a whole range of support to trustees. This includes:

  • our Knowhow resources, tools and guidance: this includes online training and practical templates to support with effective governance
  • email updates: sign up and we will email you the latest news and support for trustees, including Dan Francis’ monthly governance round-up
  • consultancy and training: we offer specialist training and consultancy on governance all year round - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your requirements.
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