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 on 22 February 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 or committee member role.
If you’d like support to strengthen your governance we can help. Get in touch with us on email@example.com 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:
- the Resource Centre’s information for small groups on management committees
- the Charity Commission’s website for registered charities
- the Charity Commission’s essential trustee guidance (PDF)
- the good governance code for the voluntary and community sector
- the living values pocket guide for trustees
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:
- Our information sheet on recruiting and advertising for trustees (PDF)
- the Small Charities Coalition guidance on trustee recruitment services
- NCVO guidance on trustee recruitment (please note if you’re not an NCVO member you will need to pay for this resource)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 234861
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 2016 will take place between 2-8 November 2016.