Becoming a Trustee

Could you be a trustee?


Trustees have the overall responsibility for the management and future direction of a charity. This means that they should ensure that the organisation is:

  • doing what it says it will do in its governing document
  • demonstrating how it is working for the benefit of the public
  • complying with the law
  • planning for the short, medium and long term
  • using its resources (staff, finance, buildings) wisely
  • accountable to its members and the public

Most trustee business happens in trustee (or board or committee) meetings, and you would be expected to prepare for the meetings by reading the papers and thinking about the various topics for discussion. Outside of meetings, you may be involved in other activities, such as recruiting staff or volunteers, attending meetings and events, or supporting staff and volunteers with projects. If the organisation has paid staff, trustees generally have less involvement in operational matters than if the activities are all delivered by volunteers.


How do I decide if a trustee role is right for me?


Some Trustee roles require specialist knowledge or skills, but generally charities and other non-profit organisations are looking for people who are willing and able to commit their time, ideas and experiences to support the organisation’s cause. 


Don’t worry if you haven’t been a member of a committee or a trustee before, and you don’t need to be an expert in the organisation’s area of work. Charities and groups are keen that their committees represent the different ages and backgrounds of people from their local communities, so if you are interested in a role, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the organisation to find out more about it


Organisations will generally provide information and training for new Trustees, and there are also lots of free resources available to aspiring Trustees from Getting on Board


Being a Trustee is a great way to learn new skills, and gain experience in new areas – as well as meeting new people.


Did you know less than 3% of Trustees' are under 30 years old? We want to support this to change.


There is great work already taking place and many charities are diversifying their boards. Young Trustees Movement are an organisation supporting this. While their focus is on age, young people are a broad demographic, therefore their campaign is part of a wider call for board diversity.


Find out more about Young Trustees Movement via the link below

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Trustee training

Community Action Norfolk

Community Action Norfolk

Community Action Norfolk offer a 2 hour on-line training session which provides Trustees of Norfolk organisations with greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities. This session covers:

 

o  Different types of trustee

o  Appointments and decision making

o  Liabilities and conflicts of interest

o  Reporting requirements

 

CAN are a membership organisation, for details on membership, training and fees head to their website by clicking the button below.

Getting on Board.

This year Getting on Board started the Trustee Learning Programme, a collection of all their free and high-quality webinars, clinics and panel discussions to help you become and be an effective trustee.

 

There are six strands relating to various stages of trustee development: 

 

  • Newly appointed trustees: Everything you need to get started in your role. 
  • Recruiting trustees: Help for charity leaders and staff with open recruitment.
  • Trustee refresher: Give existing trustees’ learning a boost. 
  • Hot topics: Discussing the fascinating and challenging current issues that impact our roles as trustees.
  • Taking on new responsibilities: Learning to support moving onto a chair, vice chair or treasurer role.
  • Skilling up: Deepen your knowledge of board matters like fundraising and working with your CEO.

 

All the Trustee Learning Programme sessions embed best equity, diversity and inclusion practices.

Young Trustees Movement

When 1/12 trustees are named either John or David and fewer than 3% of trustees are under 30, it’s no secret that board diversity is an issue.


Young Trustees Movement are running workshops after which you will


  • Be able to articulate and understand how young trustees can enable organisations to navigate uncertainty, future proof decisions and reflect the interest of their communities.
  • Have a framework to understand how to approach diversity on boards.
  • Be able to run a session with a board to plan practical and achievable next steps.

Trustee roles

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Various Roles at Our Day Centre for Older People
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Attleborough
Various Roles at Our Day Centre for Older People
Do you live near Attleborough? Would you like to be involved with our Day Centre for Older People? Do you have a few hours to spare? Posted by Attleborough Day Centre
Chair of Trustees
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Chair of Trustees
Community Chaplaincy Norfolk is looking for a new Chair of Trustees to lead our charity to support people leaving prison to rebuild their lives.Posted by Community Chaplaincy Norfolk
School Governors required for Banham Primary school, Breckland region
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 1 Feb 2024
Norwich
School Governors required for Banham Primary school, Breckland region
Being a school governor can be rewarding, providing opportunities to develop your own skills, while giving back to your community.Posted by Cooperative Education East
School Governor required for Thompson Primary school, Breckland region
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 1 Feb 2024
Thetford
School Governor required for Thompson Primary school, Breckland region
Being a school governor can be rewarding, providing opportunities to develop your own skills, while giving back to your community.Posted by Cooperative Education East
School Governor required for Bunwell Primary school, South Norfolk
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 1 Feb 2024
Norwich
School Governor required for Bunwell Primary school, South Norfolk
Being a school governor can be rewarding, providing opportunities to develop your own skills, while giving back to your community.Posted by Cooperative Education East
Trustees required for a Multi Academy Trust of three village primary schools
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 1 Feb 2024
Norwich
Trustees required for a Multi Academy Trust of three village primary schools
We are a Co-operative Multi-Academy Trust with schools based in South Norfolk/Breckland. We are looking for Trustees to help shape our future direction.Posted by Cooperative Education East

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