Top Tips for Trustee Week

Could you become a Trustee?

According to the latest CAF World Giving Index, the UK is the eleventh most giving country in the world – an amazing statistic! A significant part of that is the work our trustees undertake each and every day in charities across the country. Just over a million individuals give up their time to be a trustee. That is a phenomenal amount of people, but what qualifies them to be a trustee and could you become one?

In short, there is nothing in particular that qualifies any one person to be a trustee. Being a trustee requires a whole basket of skills and experience. However, in addition to those skills, a desire to learn and develop an understanding of the charity world and its legislation and guidance is important.

Be inspired by others

Trustees’ Week highlights the importance of trustees within our communities as well as inspiring a more diverse range of people to volunteer as trustees – of all ages, genders and races. To mark Trustees’ Week, the Charity Commision interviewed four high profile women on their motivations for becoming a trustee and what they have learned as a result:

Since being a trustee, I’ve learned that all of us represent the company and we all have to do all we can to further its aims and support it in every way possible. Practical support is just as important as putting a name on the letterhead.”

Dame Judi Dench, trustee of the Chickenshed Theatre Trust

I have learned that the role of trustee must not be taken lightly and I’ve also learned the responsibility being a trustee involves…The ability to work as a team is very important and to be open and responsive to others views and ideas.”

Maxine Peake, trustee of the Working Class Movement Library

As a trustee I’ve met a wide range of people on the board, within the organisation, and also clients. I’ve learned how a relatively small number of dedicated and passionate people can make a real difference to so many lives.”

Monica Ali, trustee of the St Giles Trust

Being a founding trustee showed me the importance of getting the complicated governance stuff right. I also learned that you have to work at being a strong decision making team.”

Katie Piper, trustee of the Katie Piper Foundation

11 Key Steps for Trustees, 1 Giant Leap for Your Charity

As specialists in the Not for Profit sector, we will be sharing guidance in the new year for trustees that pulls together some of the key themes in governance at the moment. The MHA report, entitled ‘11 Key Steps for Trustees, 1 Giant Leap for Your Charity‘, focuses on the following key themes:

  1. Finding New Trustees
  2. Internal Financial Controls
  3. Collaborative Working and Mergers
  4. Investments
  5. Trustees Meetings and Decision Making
  6. Trading and Tax
  7. Campaigning, Lobbying and Political Activity
  8. Risk Management
  9. Expenses
  10. Fundraising
  11. Conflicts of Interest

It also includes actions for you to take to help you to get your charity where you want it to be, through stepped marginal improvements. We look forward to sharing this with you in January 2018.

You can read our current month to month guide for charities, ‘Keeping Your Charity on the Right Track’.

Celebrate Trustees’ Week with Voluntary Action Worthing

Join Voluntary Action Worthing for a special VAW Trustee Club event at St Paul’s Centre in Worthing on Thursday 16th November. The keynote speaker will be Dan Francis who leads the NCVO’s governance consultancy work and focuses on governance reviews, board performance and trustee training. It’s set to be a great event so make sure you don’t miss out!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading and learning what Trustees’ Week has to offer you!