Creative Sector Trusts, Charities and Community Interest Companies share a commitment to diversity and inclusivity.  In Dorset whilst this is mostly a genuine ambition, it is seemingly difficult to implement as we discussed in How do we create more diverse boards?

This is not simply a Dorset challenge.  In 2017 The Charity Commission published a paper arguing for charities to do more to encourage diversity at Board level. We want to help change this so more people are represented and influence organisations as trustees and directors.

So we are excited to announce our free programme for both Boards and 10-12 people interested in becoming a Trustee or Board Director for an organisation within Dorset.

What is a Trustee or Board Director?

Trustees and Directors are the people who lead the charity or organisation and decide how it is run. Being a Trustee or Board Director means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. Depending on what the organisation does, you will be making a difference to your local community.

Read more on why you should join a charitable board here.

How much time and money is involved on this programme?

  • The programme is free to all participants based in Dorset.
  • The role of a Trustee is voluntary.
  • Boards will pay for any trainee costs (eg child care, travel, support costs)
  • It is expected the time required to do this works out at 2-3 hours per month.
  • Trainees will work in pairs.  You will also have a personal mentor and a guide from within the organisation to help understand the process and make sure your voice is heard.

What does this development programme involve?

  • Commit to learning new skills and leadership development over nine months
  • Attend and participate in up to 5 group trainee training sessions, to learn new skills, understand roles and responsibilities and what it means to be a Trustee or Board Director, how to make your voice heard and share your expertise.
  • Attend x3 Board meetings
  • Liaise with The Arts Development Company mentor Rosie Russell before and after each Board meeting
  • Maintain a journal of your learning to share in any form that suits you

What is the benefit in attending the programme?

  • You will be part of a supportive network with your own personal mentor
  • You will learn new skills
  • It is great to put on your CV for future opportunities
  • You will be making a difference

When will this programme run?   

We are aiming to run the programme between June 2019 and March 2020 for about 2-3 hours per month. Further details of the programme will be announced on application.

How do I apply?

You can apply with an expression of interest in a few different ways:

You can answer the questions here or in the survey box below


share a short phone video or voice recording about who you are and why you would like to be part of this programme

and email to:

Deadline Friday 31 May 2019

You can also phone Rosie on 01305 225636 for an informal chat to find out more.


Illustration by Bridie Cheeseman

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