What should a charity think about before recruiting new trustees?
- What does your governing document say? Are there any restrictions on how trustees are appointed, numbers of trustees, or any qualifications that they must have?
- What skills, knowledge and expertise do your trustees have already, and what other skills are you lacking?
- How diverse are your trustees, in terms of their experience or background? Does this reflect the needs and experience of the people that the charity serves?
- Some background checks on trustees are legal requirements (e.g. Access NI http://www.accessni.gov.uk/ The Department of Justice (External link) checks if the charity works with children or vulnerable adults); others are good practice, like asking about conflicts of interest, and making sure they can legally be trustees (for example are they under-age, or disqualified because of bankruptcy, unspent criminal convictions or similar).
- What induction and training will you offer to new trustees to help them understand their role and the work of the charity? How will you make them feel welcome and able to take part in trustee meetings? (Here are some useful tips, Involving young people in running a charity.)
- Do your trustees ever think about how well they are doing, both as individual trustees and as a board? It is good practice to do a review once a year.
- For further information about these questions see the Code of Good Governance available at http://www.communityni.org/ Community NI (External link)
Where can our charity advertise trustee vacancies or get help finding new trustees?
There are many different organisations that provide these services.
Below are links to some of these organisations from the charity or not-for-profit sectors. (The Commission cannot show links to commercial organisations providing such services.)
http://www.communityni.org/ Community NI (External link)
http://www.volunteering-ni.org/ Volunteering NI(External link)