About MDN

Set up in 1991, MDN is the UK’s only professional network for independent consultants and trainers in the voluntary sector.

What we do

MDN aims to :

  • promote the role of independent voluntary sector management consultants and trainers and improve understanding of their work
  • encourage reflection on good practice in voluntary sector interventions
  • promote approaches which foster wider inclusion, empowerment and active participation of traditionally disenfranchised groups in organisational decision-making processes and improved quality of services
  • encourage further skill development and cooperative work among MDN members
  • support and build networking groups for local and regional management consultants, trainers and key stakeholders

If you are interested in joining MDN, are a UK-based freelance management consultant or trainer specialising in voluntary sector management, governance and organisational development, see Join MDN

MDN in Scotland

Working closely with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), MDN in Scotland runs regular events for MDN members from across the UK to share expertise and resources.  Trainers and consultants (who are not MDN members but are based in Scotland and meet key MDN membership criteria) can also attend some events.  Click here for more information on MDN in Scotland.

If you’re looking for a consultant or trainer in Scotland please visit our Consultants Directory

 How MDN is run

MDN is an unincorporated association. Major decisions are discussed at members’ meetings and, if necessary, agreed by referendum.

MDN’s voluntary convenors organise Members’  twice yearly meetings usually as a follow on from a seminar or event.

Three longstanding MDN members work as voluntary convenors: Andy Cawdell (Finance and Administration); Karen Morton (Communications) and Shirley Otto (MDN in Scotland). Gail Plant also works as a part-time administrator for MDN.


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