Trustees (also known as directors, board members, governors, or committee members) are responsible for ensuring their organisation meets its purpose and uses its resources appropriately to do so.

Being a trustee is very rewarding. It’s a way of using your expertise, skills, and knowledge to solve community issues and to benefit society. It’s also a way to develop your skills, and meet and learn from others who are passionate about the same issues.

Being a trustee can also be challenging, so we’ve gathered together information and guidance which will help you to succeed in your role.


How we can help you

Our governance network is an opportunity to meet other trustees and committee members, and share and learn from your peers about topics related to good governance. The next meeting will take place in Autumn 2017.

Our governance surgery runs once a year in November during Trustees Week. It’s an opportunity to ask questions you might be afraid to ask or don’t know who to ask. Our next surgery will take place in November 2017.

Our mentoring programme runs once a year in the spring. It’s an opportunity for you to receive one-to-one support from a mentor to help you develop in your trustee role.

If you’d like support to strengthen your governance we can help. Get in touch with us on or 01273 234023


“The governance network has helped develop the knowledge and skills of our board of trustees. This has resulted in stronger governance of our organisation.” Natalie Woods, LGBT Switchboard


Other information available

Other useful resources which will help you to strengthen your governance:


Recruiting new trustees and committee members

To ensure a range of skills, diversity of thinking and representation from all sections of the community, it’s important you advertise beyond your usual networks.

  • for national coverage, advertise with us on the Do-it website
  • to reach staff at Brighton University, advertise on the CUPP Network

For more ideas on how to recruit and where to advertise, try:

We can help you to develop role descriptions, advertise for trustees, and help with other recruitment issues. Just get in touch with our Volunteering Development Officer, Sue Shaw, on or 01273 234861


Celebrating you

Trustees Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

Trustees Week 2017 will take place in early November 2017.