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Combining lived and professional experience on boards

About this event

This free event took place on 09/02/2023. You can watch the full video below:

Combining lived and professional experience on boards 

Putting lived experience at the heart of decision making can help charities be more relevant, credible, and better meet the needs of those they serve. Charities are seeing the value of making sure that lived experience and expertise influences decisions at board level, with many recruiting trustees with lived experience of the challenges the charity is tackling. 

But doing this well is not as simple as recruiting new trustees. There are challenges, opportunities and adjustments to consider when trying to balance lived and professional experience in decision making. So, what support should be on offer to new trustees with lived experience, and what needs to be done to prepare a board to make the most of this opportunity?  

Guest speakers include: 

  • Sarah Klueter: Co-Chair of Young Manchester, and Assistant Director of Customer Experience at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.
  • Roukagia Afan: Social justice activist and Co-Chair of Young Manchester.
  • António Ferreira: Mental health activist and expert by experience. He is a Youth Board member at Beyond.

This free seminar—with funding from and in partnership with the Clothworkers’ Company—is aimed at trustees and will explore:  

  • How a board might create inclusive, accessible and engaging governance structures, processes and cultures.  
  • How to make the most the lived experience and expertise of trustees and embed this in decision making.  
  • How to ensure being a trustee with lived experience is a positive experience. 


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