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Role descriptions for trustees

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Sample trustee role descriptions.

It’s sensible to have role descriptions for trustees.

Trustees with specific roles are often called honorary officers. Honorary officers can only carry out aspects of the charity’s business if they're authorised to do so. They generally include the chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer.

Role descriptions for trustees and honorary officers should include their responsibilities, and a person specification that sets out the skills, experience and qualities that are expected.

Sample trustee role descriptions

These role descriptions were written by NCVO's governance experts. They should be tailored to your organisation.

Trustee role description (Word document, 20KB)

Chair role description (Word document, 20KB)

Treasurer role description (Word document, 20KB)

Secretary role description (Word document, 20KB)

Page last edited May 19, 2022

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