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  • Trustee board composition and structure

    What the structure of a board could cover, changing the composition and different types of board structures.

  • What is a board?

    Definition of charity trustee board and how boards govern.

  • Trustee recruitment and induction

    Looking for a new trustee? Learn how to identify the skills gap your trustee needs to fill and carry out a successful recruitment with this four-part training course. It covers everything from planning the process, promoting your vacancy and making the selection, to evaluation and induction. It also comes with a host of downloadable templates, questionnaires and checklists to help you get the best people on your board.

  • Strategy and impact

    A good board shares the leadership and direction of an organisation by ensuring there is a clear framework for its work.

  • The chief executive's relationship with trustees

    About the relationship between the chief executive and the trustees.

  • Governing documents

    Why you should review your governing documents and how to go about changing them.

  • Managing risk

    Identifying and managing risk is a key charity or non profit board responsibility.

  • How to meet your legal responsibilties as a trustee

    There are many reasons why you might like to become a trustee of a charity: positive support for a good cause, putting a particular skill set or experience to good use, or remaining active in the community. Whatever your motivation, you need to be aware that being a trustee is a significant legal responsibility, shared with your fellow trustees, and you must understand your obligations before volunteering. The most important document you need as a trustee is the charity’s governing document which should contain all the information you need to understand how the charity is run and what it has been set up to do. For detailed information please see the full guide on charity trustees’ responsibilities . The post of trustee is almost always voluntary (with reimbursement of reasonable expenses) and you need enough spare time to undertake your duties properly, not least as trustees are liable for the decisions they make. 

  • What is a trustee?

    What is a trustee, what are the main duties and roles and who can be a trustee.

  • How to improve trustee meetings with digital tools

    Meetings are a place where people share, create and innovate.  However, this requires effective communication and the tools to enable this to happen.  Failure to communicate effectively as a board of trustees, can result in unnecessary discussions taking place during trustee meetings and important business not getting done.  In this guide, we share some digital tools that can support effective communication and collaboration before, during and in between trustee meetings.  Before deciding on which tools to use and how, you should make sure you are not in breach of any requirements in your governing document or constitution.  For more information, have a look at the Charity Commission’s guidance .

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