Better Boards is changing to better meet the needs of your board

Every VCSE organisation is unique, and trustee boards have different needs at different times. To best support this Better Boards is now more flexible and tailored to individual need.

Better Boards services include open and in-house training courses, the HCF In-house training programme (our intensive trustee board support package), a Board meeting observation service, 1:1 advice and guidance and the Annual Hertfordshire Trustees’ Conference.
  • Initial advisor assessment with an expert Better Boards advisor

  • Bespoke programme specific to the needs of your trustee board

  • 1:1 training and support to make your board stronger and more sustainable

Better Boards services

Open governance training courses

Looking to upskill or improve your knowledge?

We offer online training courses on a range of topics relevant to trustees with all levels of experience. Our ‘Being a Charity Trustee’ and ‘Safeguarding for Trustees’ courses run termly, in addition to our one-off courses designed specifically for trustees on on topics such as fundraising, digital skills and risk management.

Initial advisor assessment

Which Better Boards service is right for your trustee board?

All bespoke Better Boards services start with a conversation with an expert Better Boards advisor. You will discuss your organisation and trustee board, its current situation and where you would like to be in the future.

From here your Better Boards Advisor will put together a programme chosen from the following elements to support the development of your board.

Board empowerment programme

Does your board need support to become more effective? Are you a new organisation needing to establish an effective board?

Ten hours of bespoke consultancy and training with an expert Better Boards advisor to support the ongoing development of your whole trustee board and senior management.

Includes 1:1 guidance sessions for the Chair and CEO in addition to the following training delivered online or in-person: ‘Good governance’ workshop, two ‘Bitesize training’ modules and ‘Safeguarding adults at risk for trustees’.

Good governance workshop

What does good governance mean to your trustee board?

This 3-hour workshop focusses on the Charity Governance Code - what is in the code, why it is important and how it can be integrated into the work of your trustee board.

Bitesize modules

Are your board meetings effective? Do you have clear strategic plan? Is your board diverse?

We offer 1.5 hour in-house training courses on a range of specialist topics, online or in-person, to your whole trustee board. Choose from our comprehensive list of training topics, or contact us to arrange a bespoke session.

Board meeting observation service

Are your board meetings effective? Could improvements be made?

By observing the whole meeting process from start to finish our expert Better Boards advisors will share their insights on the workings of your trustee board.

Tailored Consultancy

Need help on a specific issue facing your board?

Our specialist Better Boards advisors can provide 1:1 tailored consultancy focusing on resolving a specific issue facing your trustee board.

Keeping in touch sessions

Wondering how to maintain momentum on your action plan?

Up to four half-hour catch up sessions with your Better Boards advisor to discuss your progress and keep momentum going on board development.

Annual Hertfordshire Trustees Conference

Our annual celebration of trustees in Hertfordshire.

The annual event is a chance to hear from incredible speakers, take part in interactive workshops and network with other trustees. Delivered in partnership between HCF Training & Development, GoVolHerts and Community Help Hertfordshire.

What will my organisation gain from Better Boards?

  • Improved trustee board effectiveness and resilience

  • Improved knowledge in the key areas of governance, safeguarding adults at risk, fundraising and board management

  • Clear action plan for ongoing board progression

Interested in Better Boards?

Each Better Boards journey starts with an initial advisor assessment and ends with a meeting to reflect on the changes made and their impact.

Your Better Boards advisor is there to support throughout the Better Boards journey and the final stage is to create an action plan for future development.

Email [email protected] or call 01707 280322 to arrange a Better Boards initial advisor assessment

Fees and eligibility

The Better Board programme is fully funded by Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services for Hertfordshire based VCSE organisations supporting vulnerable adults. Please see our funding eligibility criteria page for more information.

All our services can also be self-funded, and there is a some fully-funded provision for Child and Youth service organisations. Please contact [email protected] for more information about funding eligibility and service fees.