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Smile Trustee Academy

Published at 3:24 pm Tue Dec 22nd, 2020

Quality trustees are vital to the success of a charity and the Smile Foundation reconises the need for more outstandin
trustees to support charities across our local area.

Just over 80% of charities registered to benefit from Smile services have highlighted the need for new Trustees to join their charity. This reflects the level of the national Trustee crisis with a significant lack of new Trustees entering the sector.

Thanks to sponsorship from Smailes Goldie and Jelf we have been able to develop and deliver the Smile Trustee Academy, delivering three programme cohorts each year. 

The programme is made up of nine inspiring two hour sessions covering a range of topics to prepare people to become outstanding Trustees for Hull and East Yorkshire. These are delivered with our partners across the private, public and voluntary sector. The focus is very much on equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to fully understand what to expect, and to be able to add value to a charity they may decide to get involved with.

Why join The Trustee Academy?

• Learning & Development: The programme is an excellent learning and development opportunity for people looking to enhance their skill set, which can be incorporated into personal development plans.

• Giving Back: Becoming a trustee is a great way to use and develop skills and give something back to the local community, helping to make the charity sector stronger and more resilient.

• Networking: Candidates develop lasting relationships with their programme peers which gives them access to a network of individuals who they can share best practise and experience of their own Trustee boards. A go-to network for sharing advice and guidance.

• Trustee Matching: We can advise of appropriate charities that match your personal interests as well as your skill set.

Trustee Academy Speakers:

Each cohort will benefit from Charity experts covering a range of governance topics. Our past speakers include representatives from; Gosschalks, Rollits, Smailes Goldie, JELF and The Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

To find out more and register your interest please email