What is a trustee?
Trustees oversee everything a charity does, from setting its strategy to being responsible for its work and finances.
They’re volunteers with big responsibilities but being a trustee is a rewarding way to make a difference.
What do trustees do?
Some need professional expertise, such as in finance, fundraising or IT, but you don’t need to be a specialist to be valuable.
Fresh perspective, commitment and some common sense are some of the most valuable things a trustee can bring.
In larger charities, trustees support and challenge the management team, whereas in smaller charities they are likely to have more hands-on involvement.
Finding a trustee role?
- Ask us here at BCVS - we will be able to find local Trustee vacancies and support you to choose the right charity for you
Find out more
As many as half of charities are looking for new trustees at any one time. If you want to know more about what being a trustee involves then these resources may help:
- We are delighted to launch our new accessible, interactive eLearning course on the roles and duties of trustees. This self-study eLearning course can fit around your schedule and priorities as you can study at your own pace, at any time.
- The Charity Governance Code helps trustees make sure they’re running their charity well
- The Charity Commission’s guidance The Essential Trustee covers what’s required of a charity trustee, including your responsibilities to your charity
- NCVO’sKnowhow pages on Governance
- NCVO’s Study Zone video training has a number of relevant courses. Use search terms like trustee or governance. These are free for NCVO members. More information about joining is available here
- NCVO has a more comprehensive book called the Good Trustee Guide as an excellent resource for anyone taking on a trustee role