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HOW TO JOIN THE
MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
in Management, Governance and Organisational Development
with Voluntary Organisations
MDN membership is open to individuals based in the UK 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.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
Members of the Management Development Network:
Members who no longer meet the criteria for full membership but still do some management, governance or organisational development work with voluntary organisations are eligible, on payment of a reduced subscription, to become continuing members. They continue to receive all benefits of MDN membership other than inclusion on the MDN website and the travel subsidy for events.
- receive invitations to all MDN events;
receive handouts from all MDN events, even if they do not attend;
are included in the list of members, regional index of members, and members' management and sector specialism indexes on the MDN website;
are entitled to an individual page about their work on the MDN website;
receive details of training and consultancy work opportunities that are notified to MDN;
receive other information relevant to freelance consultancy within the voluntary sector, such as other organisations' publications and events;
are entitled to join the MDN LinkedIn group, for informal discussions with other members.
Members who have resigned from full or continuing membership become Friends of MDN, if they wish, and continue to be invited to most MDN events. The fee to attend events is higher for Friends than for full or continuing members.
There are two types of charge:
An annual fee of £86 per member (for the year from 1 January to
31 December), to cover the benefits listed above and MDN's administration costs;
a charge for seminars, workshops and other events. This covers
lunch, refreshments and special papers and is typically £60-75 for an all-day event, or
£40-50 for a half-day or evening event.
HOW TO JOIN
If you meet the
membership criteria, print out the application form and send your completed form and the supporting information requested on the form as email attachments email@example.com or by post (the postal address is below). At the same time either send a cheque for the annual fee, or contact for bank details and pay the fee by BACS.
If you are not sure whether you meet the criteria for membership, please contact Nic Hinrichsen at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation.
After receiving your application and payment we will assess your supporting information and get back to you, usually within 10 days, to confirm your membership or ask for additional information about your work. If it appears to us that your work does not meet our criteria for membership, your cheque will be returned or your BACS payment refunded.
If you meet the criteria but are not certain about whether you want to join, you will be welcome to attend one of our seminars or workshops, on payment of the charge for the
event. To arrange this please contact email@example.com.
If you have not yet been a freelance management consultant or trainer in the voluntary
sector for two years, you can let us know when you will meet the two-year requirement, and
we will send you a reminder at that time.
DECISION-MAKING AND ADMINISTRATION
The Management Development Network is an unincorporated association, with
major decisions provisionally made at members' meetings and confirmed through a referendum of members. Meetings are generally held twice a year, immediately after
seminars or other events.
Members based in Scotland meet separately as MDN in Scotland, and organise a separate programme of events. These events are open to all MDN members, regardless of where they live.
Members in other areas are encouraged to organise events locally.
MDN is currently administered on a voluntary basis by six "convenors" who are longstanding MDN members. Current convenors are Andy Cawdell (finance and administration), Nic Hinrichsen (policy and membership), Karen Morton (outreach and communications), Shirley
Otto (MDN in Scotland), Anna Stobart (London events), and Kris Von Wald (MDN in Scotland). Louise Orcheston-Findlay is part-time administrator.
MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
PO Box 63494, London SE4 9DA
Tel 07479 287325
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