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  • Governing documents

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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Governance reviews

    How and why organisations should conduct governance reviews.

  • Governance

    How voluntary organisations are governed to ensure they are effective, accountable and have direction. The trustee board is responsible for good governance but they rely on many different people to be able to govern well: staff, volunteers, advisers and stakeholders.

  • Board effectiveness

    Are you getting the most from your board? Do you organise yourselves effectively and do the processes you use help or hinder?

  • 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 .

  • Trustee disqualification

    Guidance about the rules on the automatic disqualification of trustees and senior managers.

  • Make your board effective

    Do board meetings seem never-ending and unfocused? Improve the effectiveness of your board by understanding the roles of the chair, trustees and CEO as well as the purpose and principles of good governance. Plus, learn practical tips on making board meetings work!

  • A leader's essential actions

    The essential skills and actions of a leader.

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