25th Anniversary

In 2014 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary year by embarking on an ambitious development plan to support 10,000 charities with a mix of management consultancy, advice, information and learning events by 2020.

At the beginning of the year we set out our vision for all voluntary organisations providing vital services to have the management expertise and skills development they need. 

During 2014, we held events for charities and volunteers around the country.


Musicians without bordersIn the North West we had a fantastic response to the call for volunteers from Manchester Business School alumni and had a fun evening discussing spaghetti as Musicians without Borders shared their experience of working with us. 

Masterclasses on Business Planning and Financial Effectiveness, followed in March and April with huge thanks to Barclays PLC and Cranfield University for hosting the events, and our expert presenters.  Charity delegates valued the additional learning on some key management topics – a welcome addition to the services the Trust offers.

Thanks to the hospitality of RBS, in Scotland we held an event for volunteers and supporters featuring client charity St Mungo’s Old Folks Centre for Wellbeing who reminded us that “Standing still is not an option” for a charity.  

700th HRNet memberHRNet reached a milestone of in June with Shepherds Bush Families Project becoming its 700th member, affirming the usefulness of this free HR advice and information service.

In June a charity we continue to work with, Aberlour Childcare Trust, won the Cracking Campaign award in the Scottish Charity Awards 2014.  There were another 3 Cranfield Trust charities nominated – what an achievement!

And just before everyone went on their summer holidays, the Master of Marketing Masterclass posed the question, “How are you going to stand out?”  Our most popular class, generously hosted by Aviva PLC.

In September, we published our Summer activity report, an insight into the sector and our work within it.  

HRH The Princess Royal at Cranfield Trust 25th anniversary eventAt all our events during the year we took the opportunity to ask for comments on our plans and services.  Our main consultation event of the year, held in the presence of our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, was our 25th anniversary roundtable in October.  With our guests, 70 voluntary sector leaders, we debated the future of some of the Third Sector’s critical resources: skills, volunteering and income.  Our guests confirmed that the support The Trust offers will remain in high demand but that we need to embrace new ways of delivery incorporating more digitally enabled volunteering, helping us to reach more charities, and provide a wider range of support services.

“You need to shine” was the advice given at the final Masterclass on Business Planning for Social Investment held with Deloitte and CharityBank in November.  

PACE CIPD awardBeing awarded the PACE (Purposeful, Agile, Collaborative and Expert) Award by the CIPD, the leading body for HR professionals for our HRNet service, and our Chief Executive Amanda receiving a CBE in the New Year’s Honours’ List in recognition of the work done by the Trust sealed a successful year.

During 2014, we supported over 1,000 charities and voluntary organisations: 273 with our consultancy project work, 700 through HRNet membership and more than 75 through attending our masterclasses – our most important celebration was working with so many great organisations!

We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to such a wonderful year at the Trust and we look forward to your continued support and involvement.  

We are no less ambitious for 2015!  Look out for more Masterclasses, Blogs, News and updates to our Resources section.