About the Network



Who is the network for?

Northumberland Trustees' Network is for all trustees and management committee members of voluntary and community organisations based within or serving beneficiaries in Northumberland.


What can the network do for my organisation?

The network’s main purpose is to support trustees and give them the tools they need to become more effective and efficient in their role so their organisation can continue to provide vital activities and services for local people, and their communities can thrive. 

The Network aims to do this by bringing together in one place a wealth of resources, information, advice and links on policy, good practice, organisational development, funding, training opportunities, and events; by becoming the ‘go to’ source for trustees on any issue they may face in their role.  The Network is also intended to be an informal forum for trustees to access peer mentoring, to establish commonalities; to identify joint working and partnerships opportunities, and to reduce duplication of services.

Go to our Membership page to find out more about the benefits of membership and how to make your organisation a member or Northumberland Trustee Network.


How and why did the network begin?

In January 2014, Northumberland CVA (then operating as Wansbeck CVS) was commissioned through connect4change to undertake a scoping exercise to identify the training and support needs of Trustees in organisations across Northumberland with turnover above £50,000.00 and who employ staff.  We collated the information we received into a report and circulated it to the organizations that responded.

The exercise identified an overwhelming need for a Northumberland-wide Trustee Network through which trustees can access support and advice and share knowledge and experience with each other.  Respondents were then invited to a meeting on 4th June 2014 to discuss this possibility further.  One of the main points to come out of that meeting was a need for the network to be hosted, co-ordinated and maintained by an independent infrastructure organisation with a countywide reach.  It was suggested that Wansbeck CVS should be that organisation.

Eventually, a small amount of funding from The Hadrian Trust was raised to kickstart the building of a largely virtual network and In April 2015 we asked trustees to take part in a short survey to discover what they themselves would like the new Northumberland Trustee Network to look like.  The survey ran until 31st May.

Priorities identified:

  • Training opportunities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Resource library
  • Regular news bulletins


  • The majority of respondents were willing to pay a “reasonable amount” for membership and/or for training and networking events
  • There was an even split on whether membership fees should be based on a “same for all” principle or “on a sliding scale”


The findings of the survey were presented at an event at the Corn Exchange in Morpeth on 20th August 2015.

In November 2015, the project was awarded another small grant from The Hadrian Trust for further development and the Network was launched on 22nd June, 2016 at a Northumberland VCS Assembly event at Kirkley Hall - almost two years after the idea was first mooted.




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