Trustees can be described as the unsung heroes of the volunteering world. Often invisible to the public eye, they are the glue holding charities together – keeping them safe, legal, compliant and financially solvent. Whether a massive national charity or a small community group, trustees are essential in ensuring that organisations can effectively deliver their charitable objectives.
It is vital that organisations are clear about the responsibilities their trustees hold and have robust processes to recruit the right people for their roles.
Key points and examples
By clicking on the following links (open in a new tab), you can see the key points and some samples of role description, nomination form and confidential self-disclosure of criminal convictions:
- Presentation slides (from GOBE – Get Onboard Edinburgh) on recruiting trustees. It covers identifying and creating trustee roles, recruitment & selection processes, engagement & retention.
- Sample trustee/board member role description
- Sample nomination form (for trustees/board members being nominated by an organisation). You may want to consider using your existing volunteer application form.
- Confidential self-disclosure of criminal convictions
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