Board-level Volunteering Programme ‘Step on Board’ opens up to individuals and small businesses

To mark Trustees Week, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Trustees Unlimited have extended their successful board level volunteering programme ‘Step on Board’, to individuals or companies wanting to help between one and six employees become charity trustees.

The Step on Board Open Programme offers an unparalleled opportunity for personal development and the chance to give something back to society, by preparing, training and placing professionals onto charity boards as trustees.

Since it launched in November 2014, Step on Board has helped over 140 senior employees from the private sector become trustees and non-executives on the boards of charities and organisations with a social or environmental mission. Companies including Barclays, Credit Suisse, Google and law firm Mishcon de Reya are amongst those who have participated successfully in the programme.

Now, the cost-effective programme is open to individuals and companies who want to help up to six employees get their first trustee position.

Ian Joseph, Chief Executive at Trustees Unlimited and Managing Director of Russam GMS says, “We are delighted to open Step on Board to organisations and individuals not currently able to sign up to the programme through their company. The programme is a proven way for people to gain new skills, develop valuable leadership competencies and board level experience that can enhance their careers. Charities also benefit enormously from having people with professional skills on their boards to diversify their skills and help them achieve their goals.”

The Open Programme is run in two stages. Firstly, there is a ‘Becoming a Trustee Briefing’ session which explores what it really means to become a trustee. Secondly, the company runs a ‘Diagnostic and Matching Service’ to match people’s skills, interest and motivations with a suitable trustee role.

Following the diagnostic session, candidates are offered two follow up calls with the Step on Board team which can be used to prepare for an interview, discuss their CV or ask any other questions.
The next open programme briefing sessions are on: 22nd November 2017 and 9th January 2018 at NCVO’s offices in King’s Cross and can be booked here.

For more information about the programme, visit or email

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About NCVO
NCVO is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector which has a pre-eminent reputation in relation to governance and trusteeship with over 11,000 members.
Inspired by its members, NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering – connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations – from the smallest community groups to the largest charities.
About Trustees Unlimited
Established in October 2009, Trustees Unlimited and its sister organisation Non Executives Unlimited are joint venture between NCVO, Bates Wells Braithwaite, and Russam GMS to provide a solution to the problem many not for profit organisations face – trying to recruit high quality trustees in a rigorous and yet cost effective way.

Trustees Unlimited has quickly established itself as one of the premier providers of trustee and non-executive recruitment. Whether it is a trustee for a charity, a director for a social enterprise or a volunteer to sit on an audit committee, Trustees Unlimited has unprecedented access to a large group of high calibre people who are actively looking for such roles and offers a unique model of delivery.

With a database and network that is both large and diverse Trustees Unlimited is making a real difference in terms of helping boards become balanced and effective.
Trustees Unlimited and its sister service, Non-Executives Unlimited, are committed to improving governance in the Civil Society Sector and through recruitment, training and mentoring have developed a unique offering that is helping many organisations strengthen their boards.