How to become a charity trustee
18 January 2018
Anyone has the potential to become a trustee. Whether young, old, male, female a professional or a student, charities are looking for a diverse range of skills and experience.
What is a charity trustee?
Charity trustee roles and responsibilities
How to become a trustee for a charity
- Some organisations register their charity trustee vacancies in directories, for example take a look at the National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s Trustee Bank
- Some charities advertise their vacancies in the local or national press or on websites so don’t ignore the obvious - check the jobs sections. The Guardian, for example, has a webpage where you can find charity trustee jobs.
- You’ll also find links on the Trustees’ Week website - to other directories of trustee vacancies
- To find a list of trustee vacancies for local charities go to www.do-it.org.uk
- When you find a trustee vacancy, the organisation may ask to meet or even interview you, and you might be asked to fill in an application form
- Some organisations – like children’s charities and those dealing with vulnerable adults – will require you to have a DBS check
- In some charities, the trustees are elected by members, so you might need to attend their Annual General Meeting to be formally elected
- There are a few restrictions on who can become a charity trustee so before taking up your role you will need to confirm that you are eligible to serve - the charity might also carry out its own eligibility checks
- Word of mouth remains a common way in which trustees are recruited, so if you’re involved with a local charity organisation and would like to become a charity trustee – let them know!
- Check that the organisation has charity trustees’ liability insurance in place. This cover ensures that trustee liabilities are protected by this specialist trustee insurance cover.