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The Management Development Network brings together UK-based freelance consultants and trainers who specialise in working in the voluntary sector

About MDN


Need a freelancer for your voluntary sector organisation? We’ll help you find the perfect match

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Seminars and training keep our members up to date with voluntary sector trends and current thinking

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MDN is the UK’s only network of experienced freelance consultants and trainers who work primarily in the voluntary sector. Members can exchange ideas, share learning and keep abreast of voluntary sector changes at our seminars and training events. Voluntary sector organisations can access our unique Directory to find freelancers guaranteed to have the skills and experience they need.


 We offer voluntary sector organisations:

  • tips on approaching and hiring specialist trainers or consultants
  • access to our exclusive Directory of highly experienced voluntary sector consultants and trainers
  • guidance and information on governance, management and organisational development


By joining MDN you gain:

  • membership of the UK’s only network of experienced freelancers who work primarily in the voluntary sector
  • a personal listing in our exclusive on-line searchable Consultants Directory
  • work opportunities from voluntary sector organisations who advertise their projects and consultancy needs on our website
  • seminars and training events to help you keep abreast of current sector developments, network and share learning
  • support from a professional network of like-minded practitioners for sharing best practice and collaborative working
  • a wealth of sector specific information and handouts from MDN events


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Value added?

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