With the average age of trustees in England at 57 years, it is important to help young people become the next generation of active trustees in the voluntary sector and enable them to serve in local boards throughout their lives. Young trusteeship brings new perspectives to charity boards and increases their capacity for effective governance. It is also a great opportunity for high quality youth social action, supporting young people to make an impact while learning new skills.

In this session Sara Fernandez, Director of Oxford Student Hub, will explore how charities encourage young trusteeship and overcome barriers to involvement and suggest some practical approaches that can help increase diversity. You will also hear directly from a young trustee about their experience of meaningfully contributing to a charity in a governance role.


This is open to all Pears Grantees but will be particularly relevant for chief executives, senior management and trustees.

If you’d like to book a place please contact Rachel Franklin (RFranklin@pearsfoundation.org.uk).

Trainer Biography

Sara Fernandez is the Director at Oxford Hub, a centre for social action in Oxford City (www.weareoxfordhub.org). Having been involved in several boards as a young trustee, in 2016 she developed the Young Trustee Programme to help young people secure their first board placement. The programme places young people in boards that are aligned with their philanthropic interests, and provides them with a rigorous programme of training to become effective trustees. Now in its third cohort, the programme has placed over 40 young people in different boards, adding capacity to the voluntary sector.

For more information about the Young Trustee Programme,  visit it the Student Hubs website

Extra Information

The event will start at 12.00 pm with lunch and end by 2pm.

A vegetarian lunch will be served; if you have any dietary requirements please let us know.

JHub is in Haskell House, 152 West End Lane, London, NW6 1SD. For directions please follow this link.

Please note there is no parking at JHub.