Advanced Minutes: formal minute taking for Board and Governance meetings

Course summary

The value and importance, to any organisation, of accurate and effective minutes, should not be underestimated. Good minute taking skills are invaluable and a good minute taker worth their weight in gold.

This one-day course builds on the centres highly popular introductory minute taking course – taking and writing effective minutes – to equip more experienced minute-takers with the additional skills and knowledge required for taking formal minutes in Trustee, Board and Governance meetings as well as Executive and SLT meetings.

Course dates and location

All our training courses are being delivered virtually. The webinar systems used do not require software download.

Please note: we allow a maximum of three people per organisation on our Individual training courses.

Our next available course dates for individuals are:

  • 01 August 2024

We can deliver this course virtually for your organisation, on a date and time that suits you. If you have four or more people who would like to attend this course then group training could be the most cost-effective option. Contact one of our Training Coordinators on 020 7490 3030 or email for more information and a quote.


On the day you will learn:

  1. The purpose and legal requirements of formal minutes
  2. Governing body minutes – board; governance; trustee and senior leadership team minutes.
  3. Committee meeting structures and terms of reference.
  4. The language, grammar, structure and terminology of formal minutes.
  5. The role of the minute taker
  6. Working effectively to support the chair.
  7. Effective listening and note-taking skills.
  8. Summarising and editing skills.
  9. Meeting protocols and effective meeting preparation.
  10. Confidence and assertiveness in minuting meetings.
  11. practical exercises including real life opportunities to practice taking minutes
  12. A year of free support from your trainer

Our one-day Advanced Minutes course has been specifically designed and developed for people with previous minute taking experience; including PA’s who take minutes for Board, Governance and Trustee meetings, Committee Secretaries of professional bodies, experienced PA’s, and those with at least five years minute taking experience. For those with little to no experience, we would suggest attending our one-day Minutes: taking and writing effective minutes course.

This course provides you with an opportunity to improve your understanding of formal minute taking and the skills needed as an experienced minute taker.

It will help enhance your listening, note-taking, summarising, editing and assertiveness skills, to enable you to deliver accurate, effective and timely minutes as well as build your confidence in taking formal minutes for Governance and senior level meetings

Strategic planning and thinking skills, Managing better meetings, Internal communication.

  • £589 plus VAT not-for-profit price (applies to charities and all other not-for-profit organisations, including public sector and housing)
  • £654 plus VAT standard price (applies to all other organisations)

Book this course

We have a two-tier pricing structure, offering discounted rates to charities and not-for-profit organisations: Not-for-profit price applies to charities and other not-for-profit organisations (including public sector and housing) Standard price applies to all other organisations

If you are requesting a charity discount, we will need your registered charity number

(if so please specify – please note, this information will be kept private and only used to ensure we can support your learning needs on the day(s) of the course)

(e.g. dietary, access, religious)

We will invoice you for your course and this will be sent via email within two working days. Once you have received your invoice, you can pay by BACS, credit card or cheque.

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