Choosing the right trustees for your charity
According to the Charity Commission, public trust in charities has fallen over the last year. While much of the work to regain trust will be in the form of clear, honest communications, effective management is also key. Choosing the right trustees is crucial, but where do you start?
Decide what type of person you need for the trustee role
Identify any skills gaps in your current Board. Would you benefit from someone with a finance background, or marketing skills? Do you need someone who has a good understanding of the sector you work in? Look at your strategy and goals. Do you have the right skills in place to achieve them? Create a detailed job description of the type of candidate you’re looking for – what skills they will bring to your organisation, what personal attributes they need to have, and so on. Are your trustee meetings held at a time and place that is likely to suit the person you’re looking for, or could they prevent some people from applying due to work or childcare commitments? If so, could you make some changes?
Find candidates for your charity trustee role
Some candidates may find their way to you via word of mouth. However, to ensure you have the best pool of people to choose from, you may want to treat the trustee position as you would any other job role, and advertise in a number of suitable places, including: