Community groups.

We have created two new Young Trustee Community Groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. These groups are for young people (aged 16-35) seeking a supportive community on young trusteeship. Join if you are interested in becoming a trustee, are currently a trustee, or have been a trustee in the past. It is an open space for you to:

  • Meet others with similar interests.
  • Ask questions.
  • Get tips, support and advice.
  • Share your stories and experiences.
  • Engage in social events and meetups.
  • Discover training courses, helpful resources and tool-kits.
  • Find out about trustee vacancies and how to apply.

Join the Facebook Group and LinkedIn Group.

Training programmes.

Cause4: The Trustee Leadership Programme – The Trustee Leadership Programme is an enriching career development opportunity that covers the key responsibilities of Trustees, governance and strategic planning, charity finance and fundraising.

Step: ‘The Informed Trustee’ Charity Trustee TrainingThe Informed Trustee equips current and aspiring trustees with the knowledge needed to be successful charity board members. Providing full coverage of the legal, regulatory and financial requirements on charities across the UK, this course will prepare you to make a powerful contribution at the board table.

Edinburgh Napier University: Get on Board – The Get on Board programme is the first University based training and coaching programme of its kind in the UK to promote Trusteeship combined with a real board experience. The programme helps students get on to the boards of local charities, voluntary sector organisations or public bodies, network with professionals, develop skills in leadership and decision-making and make a positive difference to communities.

Directory for Social Change: Governance – Governance training and publications providing information on the key legal responsibilities as well as best guidance for good practice.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO): Step on Board – Step on Board is a full-service board placement programme, supporting employees to volunteer as non-exec directors and trustees of charities and voluntary organisations. It designed as an innovative, cost-effective and sustainable approach to employee professional development, taking employees beyond the traditional avenues of leadership training and formal management education.

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI): Face to Face Training – Charity training programmes, heavily subsidised by the FSI, offer support for small charities and covers topics including fundraising, impact measurement, governance and project management.

Doing Good Leeds: Roles & Responsibilities of Trustees – A training session running on a regular basis to help charity trustees to fully understand what they need to know and what they need to do.

Information, tools & templates.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO): Terrific Trustees – SCVO can help with practical information which caters specifically to board members. The Terrific Trustees campaign provides information and news on relevant topics and links to available support and articles of interest.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO): Board Basics – Compiled by NCVO’s governance experts, Board Basics brings together some of the most important and commonly requested templates, tools and information that you need for a healthy, well-run trustee board.

Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR): Guidance and Good Practice for Charity Trustees – A large collection of guidance outlining the law and charity trustee duties. OSCR aim to set out in a straightforward way what charity trustees must consider, so that they meet legal requirements, ensure that their charities are well-run, and avoid some of the common problems that can arise.

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI): Essential Trustee Series – A series of videos to help promote good governance for all charity Trustees. They recommend these are used to refresh the knowledge of current trustees and that potential trustees could review these prior to making their decision to join the board as it will give them a real understanding of the responsibilities they are taking on. They are also great tools to use in the Induction of new trustees.

Reach Volunteering: Guides – A range of resources including guides to becoming a trustee, recruiting a trustee and doing a skills audit in your organisation.

Lloyds Bank Foundation: Trustee Recruitment, Selection and Induction – A toolkit to help you through the whole process from skills audit and advertising through to selecting and inducting your new trustees.

Research, reports & publications.

Getting on Board: The Looming Crisis in Charity Trustee Recruitment (2017) – This publication reports on the findings of research undertaken by Getting on Board into the recruitment of charity trustees. It finds that outdated and unprofessional trustee recruitment practices are seriously threatening the effectiveness of UK charities.

Getting on Board: How to Recruit Trustees for your Charity – A Practical Guide (2019) – This guide aims to equip charities of all sizes with the knowledge required to successfully and affordably recruit trustees outside their usual pool of contacts. Including real-life case studies alongside practical tips and templates, it outlines in 8 stages the key components to running a successful recruitment campaign.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF): Young Trustees Guide (2015) – This guide is to encourage more charities to take on young trustees, or at least put in place programmes giving young people the relevant skills that they will need for future service as trustees. It also provides tips to overcome the challenges faced by young people who are interested in becoming trustees.

Charity Commission: A Breath of Fresh Air – Young People as Charity Trustees (2010) – This report investigates one aspect of trustee diversity by looking at young people’s attitudes towards trusteeship. They spoke to young volunteers to explore why it is that those aged between 18 and 24 are so markedly under-represented on charity boards and to examine the barriers, real or perceived, that may prevent them from becoming trustees.

Association of Chairs: A Chair’s Compass – A Guide for Chairs of Charities and Non-Profit Organisations (2014) – This guide draws primarily on experience and consultation with a wide range of Chairs, as well as the views and experiences of Association members. Sharing issues that concern Chairs and a diverse range of reactions to those challenges and opportunities, they offer expertise in governance, and current and varied chairing experiences.

National Governance Association: Being Strategic – A Guide for Governing Boards (2018) – Following extensive feedback and consultation with governors, trustees and senior leaders and drawing on practical experience and real life examples, Being Strategic offers a robust annual cycle for creating, monitoring and reviewing strategy. It provides advice, poses questions for governing boards on each stage of the cycle, and supports school leaders in taking a broad and long-term perspective.

Annual events.

Trustees Week – An annual event in November to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.