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MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
in Management, Governance and Organisational Development
with Voluntary Organisations
Development Network was set up in 1991 to provide opportunities for established
independent management trainers and consultants working with voluntary organisations to
meet each other, discuss issues of common professional concern and develop stronger
To fulfil its purposes
MDN seeks to provide its members with regular opportunities for:
- learning about developments and
changes affecting governance and management in voluntary organisations;
- discussions on common issues and
- peer group support and information
- raising problems of general
- exploring similarities and
differences in values and approaches to working with voluntary organisations and
Secondary purposes of
- to promote the role of independent
management consultants and trainers within the voluntary sector;
- to encourage reflection on the
principles and practice of intervention in voluntary organisations;
- to encourage approaches to voluntary
sector governance and management rooted in empowerment of disadvantaged and oppressed people and groups;
- to encourage approaches to
consultancy and training which foster participation in organisational decision-making and
control, and quality of service;
- to promote the self-development of
- to encourage members to work jointly and cooperate with each other;
- to help staff, volunteers, board members and users of
voluntary organisations to understand the values, functions and approaches of MDN members;
- to support the establishment and
running of local and regional networks for management consultants and trainers
and to liaise with them and with other relevant organisations.
MDN ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
MDN organises seminars for its members with expert speakers, more active or participatory workshops, and occasional social events. Most of these events take place in London, and many are led by MDN members.
MDN members in Scotland also meet separately, as MDN in Scotland, and organise a programme of events in Edinburgh. These are open to MDN members from other parts of the UK, and are sometimes open to trainers or consultants based in Scotland who meet some but not all of the MDN membership criteria and are therefore not eligible to become members.
Members outside London and Scotland are encouraged to organise events locally.
Regular emailings to members contain details of MDN activities and other news of interest to members, including relevant publications and events. Information from external bodies is circulated to members, and there is an email service to inform members of freelance training and consultancy work opportunities that are notified to MDN.
An online directory of voluntary sector management
consultants and trainers includes guidance on choosing and using freelance consultants and trainers, as well as contact details for all
full members of MDN, a regional listing of members, indexes of management and sector specialisms to help organisations locate the most appropriate members, and an individual profile of each member with more information about their specialisms and interests.
MDN cooperates with
other organisations working in the sector. Where appropriate, it serves as a mechanism for
discussions or negotiations with other bodies on behalf of its members, or to make submissions from members (for example, in relation to changes in Scottish charity law).
MDN is open to
individuals based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland who meet all the following criteria:
- Independent: they are independent of the organisations to which they provide
consultancy or training.
- Self-employed: their work is
done primarily on a freelance or self-employed basis. This may also include members of
workers' co-operatives, partners in a partnership, and individuals who have set up their own limited company to carry out their own business.
- Specialising in and prioritising work with charities, other voluntary organisations and organisations such as community interest companies: they work exclusively or primarily with voluntary
organisations/NGOs (rather than the public sector, or businesses which have a profit motive even if the profit is to be used for good causes).
- Focus on organisational, governance and
management development in voluntary organisations: the focus of their work is on management, governance and organisational development issues such as governance, planning, quality, evaluation, roles, organisational structures, working
relationships, organisational cultures, or systems and procedures for managing people, work, money or information. Specialisms such as fundraising, marketing and
public relations are less likely to be appropriate.
- Established: they have met
all the above criteria for two years or more.
If you meet these
criteria and are interested in joining, see How to join MDN.
CONTACTING MDN MEMBERS
For more about
training and consultancy for voluntary organisations see Choosing
and briefing a management consultant or trainer. For details of MDN members see the list
of MDN members, the regional index,
the index of management specialisms, the index of sector specialisms, and members' individual profiles. You can also find out about books on voluntary sector governance and management by MDN members.
MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
PO Box 63494, London SE4 9DA
tel 07479 287325
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