24 Jan - You're in charge: making smart decisions. Trustee Conference and Fair—Aylesbury

If you’re responsible for running a not-for-profit group then this has to be a date in your diary.

trustees at conference

Being a trustee or committee member of a charity, voluntary or community group can be a daunting prospect for new and experienced people alike.  There’s no magic formula for success, but strong leadership from those in charge is essential.

Our annual conference dedicated to trustees and management committee members gives you the opportunity to share experiences with peers, refresh yourself on your roles and responsibilities and learn from experts on how to make your leadership team as effective as it can be. 

This unique event is split into two sessions.  Delegates are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

Trustee conference 2.00pm-5.30pm

This conference provides time to focus on the unique challenges facing trustees and management committee members and will provide an afternoon of practical inspiration from local and national governance and trusteeship experts.  

As well as insightful and stimulating plenary speakers and interactive breakout sessions this afternoon conference will provide you with the opportunity to share your experiences with peers and extend your network of contacts. You’ll take away essential, practical tips and tools to help your leadership team operate as effectively as you can so your charity is making the most impact.

Draft programme


Welcome from conference chair
Nick Phillips, group chief executive, Community Impact Bucks


Keynote: Trusteeship and its challenges; a personal reflection
Tara Beard-Knowland, chair Community Impact Bucks and senior director, Ipsos Connect

Tara will speak honestly about the impact being a trustee has had on her personally and professionally as well as exploring some of the challenges she has faced. She will give delegates practical hints and tips that experience has shown her to be the most important to help boards lead effectively. 


Keynote: Developing high performing boards
Dan Francis, governance consultant, NCVO

This session will explore the drivers and hallmarks of effective governance and high performing trustee boards.  Dan will offer an overview of fundamental trustee duties before taking a detailed look at the sector's new code of good governance and inviting delegates to engage in how the code might be applied to their own organisations.  We would suggest delegates familiarise themselves with the new code of good governance at 

3.30pmBreak & refreshments

Breakout sessions:

  • Addressing the challenge of ineffective board members  Cora Carvey, experienced trustee and retired charity chief executive
  • Does your constitution work for you?  Paul Ridout, partner, IBB Solicitors
  • Are younger trustees the answer?  Richard Brooks, vice president (union development), National Union of Students 
  • Ten top tips for getting the best from your new trustees  Lynne Gilbert, management consultant and charity advisor, Chair of the Brian Murtagh Charitable Trust
5.30pmConference close

Who should attend?

Management committee members, board leaders and trustees.  Chief executives may also find this of interest.


  • £20 for charities delivering services in Buckinghamshire (£15 per delegate if organisation is attending the trustee matching fair).  
  • £50 for charities not delivering services in Buckinghamshire
  • £50 for statutory bodies


If you are interested in exhibiting at the event you can reserve space in 'The Street' for £15.

Book your place or for more information on this event please call 01844 348820 or email



Trustee matching fair 6.00pm-7.30pm

Do you want to become a trustee?  Or are you an organisation with trustee vacancies? This informal, but highly effective, networking session will kick off with refreshments and a welcome address followed by plenty of time for charities and individuals to meet, learn more about each other and hopefully develop a long-lasting relationship.

As an organisation, you will be able to put into practice everything you learn from the afternoon conference on how to attract new trustees.  You'll be given space for a promotional stand and, once you’ve registered, we’ll send you tips on how to make the most of the fair to find your perfect match.

If you want to become a trustee this is the perfect event to meet with a variety of charities all under one roof.  Whether you’re just putting a toe in the water and want to learn more about what’s involved, or if you’re determined to find the right charity for you, our matching fair can help.  

Who should attend?

Individuals wanting to become trustees and charities who have trustee vacancies they want to fill.


  • Free for individuals wanting to become a trustee
  • Stand cost £30 for charities delivering services in Buckinghamshire (max three representatives)

Book your place or for more information on this event please call 01844 348820 or email




Event details


The Gateway
Gatehouse Road
HP19 8FF

Times:Trustee Conference 2:00 - 5:30pm

Trustee Fair 6:00 - 7:30pm

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