Young Trustees Programme

Gain skills and experience by joining the trustee board of a local charity


What does the programme involve?

We will match you with a charity board aligned with your interests and provide a 12 month training and support programme to ensure that you develop good governance skills and can confidently contribute your unique perspective to charity boards.

Training is based on a flipped learning model, combining a workbook and online training with in-person sessions where participants can dig deeper into the topics they have learned about and conduct a live case study with an experienced local trustee. This preparation, alongside their attendance at board meetings, gives individuals a great balance of formal learning and practical experience. As part of the programme, young trustees will also complete a governance project on behalf of their board, to put this learning into practice. Past projects have included completing a skills audit ahead of recruitment of new trustees, revisiting the structure of the board to make it more effective, or designing induction processes to support new trustees.

Throughout the programme, participants will also be working closely with a board level mentor from their partner charity - another trustee who is committed to supporting your learning. Staff at Oxford Hub will also be on hand to offer advice and support whenever you feel that you may need some.

Why become a trustee?

  1. Develop your skills
    Participating in the programme will help you to develop a wide range of important skills. Strategy, finance, good governance, risk management, and board development will be hugely relevant not just for your work as a trustee but also elsewhere in your career. The programme will also give you opportunities for networking and learning from other professionals in Oxford.

  2. Share your perspective
    Trustee boards benefit from a having a variety of perspectives in decision making and strategic planning. As an early career professional you can contribute your fresh ideas and valuable insights, helping the charity to maximise its social impact.

  3. Give back locally
    Take the opportunity to learn more about the social and environmental issues that exist on your doorstep, and help us actively tackle these in order to make Oxford a better city for everyone.

Learn more about the programme by reading our blog post ‘Bringing new perspectives to charity boards’.

Get involved

We have launched our fifth cohort of young trustees. Find out more about the programme including key dates and apply here.

This programme is aimed at individuals who are in the early stages of their professional career. Participants tend to be in the 21-35 age bracket. University students may be less suited to this opportunity if they do not have a permanent residence in Oxford. Get in touch if you want to discuss your specific circumstances.

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 individuals we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get in touch.