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Use Your Skills as a Trustee

Trusteeship is one of the most important roles in the voluntary sector. Trustees give direction to a charity and are ultimately responsible for its activities.

What skills are needed in a Trustee?

(from the “NCVO Knowhow Guide – What is a Trustee?” – link )

All trustees should be able to demonstrate values such as honesty and integrity. They should be committed to the charity’s aims and values.

In addition, there are many different skills, experiences, attributes and areas of knowledge that charities welcome from their trustees:

  • The ‘hard’ skills – legal, financial, management and so on – which are necessary to understand some of the complex decisions to be taken
  • The ‘soft’ skills – boards of trustees need people who can encourage team working, problem solving, asking difficult questions, decision making and, yes, to make people laugh!
  • Trustee boards should understand the communities they serve. People with knowledge of the community – for example, as users of services or as local residents – can make very valuable trustees.

What are the personal benefits of becoming a trustee?

  • Put your skills and experience to use to make a lasting difference to a cause you care about
  • Learn about the management and strategy side of charities by taking on a leadership role
  • It’s a good volunteering opportunity for busy people, most Trustee Boards meet 4 to 8 times a year
  • Work with new and interesting people from different backgrounds
  • Enhance your CV and perhaps open doors to new career paths

Where can I find Trustee Roles?

Organisations in need of new trustees often start by looking for them on their facebook pages, web pages, twitter feeds etc. before advertising the roles more widely. There is a perennial shortage of treasurers, marketing people, HR and IT specialists, as well as managerial and business skills. Here are two links to help you in looking for a role:

Volunteer North Hampshire (our own general volunteering site) – link

Reach Volunteering (helping organisations find skills-based volunteers) – link



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