Governance and management committees

Upcoming courses

Minute Taking Skills – 17th January 2019 @ Equality Together
Jan 17 @ 10.00am – 1.00pm

This short course will help you to develop your confidence in taking minutes and give you opportunities to practice some of the skills learnt.

Minute taking requires skill and the Minute Taker provides a crucial role in ensuring that meetings are productive.

The course will help you to:

  • Understand the minute taking role
  • Consider how to service a meeting effectively, including producing a structured agenda
  • Take effective notes
  • Review different styles of minutes

Course information and Online booking

Chairing and Facilitating – 5th February 2019 @ Equality Together
Feb 5 @ 10.00am – 1.00pm

Description of the Course

We often get asked to Chair meetings without any training on how to be effective, so we end up copying the last Chair we saw in action. This has led to ineffective meetings with poor outcomes.

In this session we explore how being a Chair and a facilitator are two different skills and what they both contribute to a meeting

Learning Outcomes

– A clear definition of what is a Chair and what is a Facilitator

– Identity the skills needed to be good at both roles

– Gain an understanding of how to effectively Chair meetings and how to be a confident facilitator.

– Practical advice on how to manage the problems that plague most meetings.

Who the course would be suitable for?

This training is designed for people who may be new to a Chairing role or are struggling to Chair groups, or are experiencing ineffective meetings


Course information and Online booking

Starting a new organisation?

For one-to-one advice on how to set up a new community organisation in Bradford district (including charity, CIC and company registration) please contact the voluntary organisation support officer team.

In-house governance/bespoke training

Our Voluntary Organisation Support Officers (VOSO’S) here at Community Action Bradford & District  provide bespoke in-house training and facilitation for management committees and boards.

The sessions are:

  • Roles and responsibilities of management committees/ trustees
  • Good Practice/ Code of Governance for boards and management committees

They can arrange these sessions at a time and place to suit you – evenings and weekends included (with notice). An in-house session means you can discuss your organisation in detail and work on the issues that are important to you. There is a contribution fee towards time, materials and expenses on a sliding scale so that training is affordable for groups of all income levels.

They ensure that each and every in-house session is based on your specific governing document so that it’s tailored to the needs of your organisation. If you are in the process of charity registration or changing your legal structure then we will arrange the session once your governing documents are finalised.

Please contact your nearest officer to discuss your needs.

Community Action, Bradford office:

Clive Whittaker 07964 352663

Lincoln Oakley 07422 575852.

Community Action, Keighley office:

Chris Barker 01535 612500/ 07422 966140.

Community Action, Bingley office:

Sarah Moss 01274 781222/ 07422 966142.

Feedback from previous in-house courses

“We were given a clear overview of management committees and their legal status by a well-informed presenter. We now need to make our next steps as a committee.”

“Really good pace, checking understanding, plenty of time for questions.”

“The new Directors found the sessions regarding roles and responsibilities very helpful.”

“The session clarified the status we currently have and the status we are working towards.”

“An excellent session – good to do this training as a board to get a reminder of our responsibilities.”

Resources to download

The Essential Trustee: 6 main duties – Charity Commission
The Essential Trustee: full guidance – Charity Commission

Charity Governance Code – for larger charities.
Charity Governance Code – for smaller charities.

National Occupational Standards for Trustees and Management Committee Members.