Proudly sponsored by Smailes Goldie. 

Introducing The Smile Trustee Network

The HEY Smile Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of The Smile Trustee Network, proudly sponsored by Smailes Goldie.

The network is designed to develop the skills, confidence & potential of trustee boards; inspire & connect new trustees to great causes and create a supportive Network of trustees across the region.

The development of the Network is an expansion of the Smile Trustee Academy which launched in 2018, to attract new and upskill existing trustees, through the delivery of an 11-week programme to small but supportive peer groups. The aim of the new Trustee Network is to broaden the reach of the Trustee Academy and make trustee training and resources accessible to more charities and their trustees, tailoring learning to meet delegate need.

Empowering Trustees to Make a Difference

The Smile Trustee Network is a membership based programme that aims to provide all charities, whether small and grassroots led, or large and well established with access to a distinctive range of services to support trustee learning and development.

Through the Network, trustees will have the opportunity to learn and develop, with different programme models available.


Smile’s Trustee Network programme is designed to support charities in providing unique learning and networking opportunities for their trustee’s that supports the development of a highly skilled board, that can lead with confidence. This will be achieved through a combination of face-to-face and online learning, access to online resources, informal networking events and socials. 

Members (charities) can pick and choose which of their trustees attend which sessions. Two trustees per session. Members also can invite new trustees to join the ‘New to Trusteeship’ programme (delivered online) as part of their membership.

Thanks to sponsorship from Smailes Goldie, we can offer free membership places to charities with a turnover of less than £20,000 a year. For Charities with a turnover of more than £20,000, there is a small annual membership fee.

Funded places are also available for individuals looking to join the ‘New to Trusteeship’ or ‘Trustee Academy’ programmes.

New to Trusteeship

‘New to Trusteeship’ is designed for trustees who are at the very beginning of their journey with a Charity. This is an online offer of four bite size sessions covering: roles and responsibilities, governance, safeguarding, fundraising and volunteer management.

Trustee Academy

‘Trustee Academy’ is designed for individuals who are thinking about becoming a trustee. This is an online training programme, with five bespoke sessions, to provide insight and knowledge of a trustee role.

Join the Network:

To sign up, please complete the following application form:

Membership form

Please contact the Smile Community Development team for more information or to request an application form via email or post


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