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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Guide to good governance: running effective board meetings

10:00-13:15, 26 September 2024
Course length
1 Day
Helen Swatton
Governance and leadership HR, employment and jobs Running your organisation
Course overview

Every charity can benefit from regularly reviewing its governance, and both trustees and staff working within the Scottish voluntary sector will gain value from attending this practical course, which addresses common governance challenges.

This three-part online series with freelance consultant Philippa Bonella will give learners practical tools and top tips to help improve their charity’s governance, as well provide a space to reflect and hear from peers.

This course is designed to be studied as a stand-alone session or in conjunction with the other two courses in this three-part series - book all 3 courses, get 10% off the 3rd! 

Overall course aim

The aim of this half-day course is to address common challenges in running effective board meetings and offer tools and tips, as well as space to reflect on your charity’s strengths and weaknesses. It is designed to provide a confidential space to hear from other learners about their organisation's governance challenges and gather ideas through examples and peer led conversations.

Course objectives

This course is packed full of content to help you identify and understand what is required to run an effective board meeting. By the end of the session you will:

  • recognise good practice in board meetings and identify areas of improvement for your own board
  • understand the different stakeholders boards are accountable to, and how to balance these
Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at trustees and senior staff.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Homework required
Participants will be asked some preparatory questions on booking, which will help tailor the learning to suit the class.
Other Information

Course structure: 3-hours of learning with one 15-minute break. There will be a mix of presentation delivery, practical exercises and group discussions. Presentations and resource links will be shared after the training.

Attendance: You must attend the full online course in order to complete it and receive your certificate of achievement.

Previous delegate comments
  • "The pace of the session and the numbers in attendance made it easy for everyone to take their time, ask questions, and (share) examples/experience."
  • "It was very well structured."
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£130 (member rate £90)

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