Young Trustees Programme
Gain experience through a 12 month placement on the trustee board of a local charity.
Applications close 5th of November 2017
16-17 Turl Street
Why the Young Trustees Programme?
Despite making up 12% of the UK’s population, 18-24 year-olds account for less than 0.5% of all charity trustees. Even if they know about it, they often feel too inexperienced to become a trustee. Because of this, most boards lack diversity. However, young people can make brilliant contributions to charity boards, widening their collective skills and providing unique perspectives.
The Young Trustees Programme connects students with charities looking to welcome a young trustee onto their board. Our aim is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to become a visiting trustee and help lead a charity to tackle social and environmental issues.
From November 2017, we will be supporting 20 more students to become visiting trustees for 12 months at local charities. In order to participate in the programme, students need to be able to commit to the following timeline:
  • Submit your online application by 5th November (5th week).
  • Attend an interview with Oxford Hub staff (5th week). We will be in touch with 30 minute slot options so that you can choose a convenient time.
  • Participate in training at Oxford Hub. This is spread over six sessions across the 12 month placement and covers governance, risk management, organisational strategy, finance and more.
  • Attend board meetings with your charity. To allow both yourself and your host organisation to make the most of the opportunity, you will be expected to attend all board meetings (approximately six in total, with provisional dates provided before you finalise your placement).
  • Undertake a governance project during your placement, according to the needs of your host charity. This is an opportunity to take an in-depth look and one particular area of the board's work, supported by a mentor from within the organisation.
  • Attend a presentation and evaluation evening when the programme ends on 22nd November 2018. We will also use this opportunity to ask for your feedback about the experience.
You can find out more information about the Young Trustees Programme on our FAQs tab.
Get involved
  • If you are a student, you can apply to the programme by hitting the apply tab at the top of this page. To participate, you must currently be a student (of any discipline, undergraduate or postgraduate) at Oxford University. Before applying, you can read find more information about the programme under the FAQs tab here.
  • If you are a local organisation that would like more information about hosting a young trustee, you can view this information pack and apply here.
If you would like to find out more about the programme or have any questions, please contact Rachel at
We are an inclusive organisation and can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, interviews, training sessions and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get in touch at
Strategic PartnerStrategic PartnerStrategic PartnerStrategic Partnerlogo
© Oxford Hub is a branch of Student Hubs, a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1122328.