Trustee recruitment



Finding new trustees (CC30)– the Charity Commission guidance on recruiting, appointing and inducting new trustees.

Recruiting and retaining trustees – a Reach Volunteering step-by-step guide on the board recruitment process.

How to recruit trustees – information from Charitysetup.

Trustee Recruitment Top Tips – tips to recruit trustees by the Eastside Primetimers Foundation.

How to recruit new trustees on a shoestring budget – the Small Charities Coalition’s guidance for co-opting new trustees from outside the charity membership.

How to recruit trustees for your charity – a practical guide – a free guidance from Getting on Board for charities looking to recruit trustee boards.

Trustee recruitment resources, templates and samples – resources from Getting on Board that can be downloaded from free from their website.

Charity trustee recruitment – a guide from ICSA.


Trustee induction schedule and pack – NCVO/KnowHow suggested content for the trustee induction pack.

Training and development for trustees – Wales Council for Voluntary Action information on induction and training for trustees.

Training and resources for trustees Trustees’ week provides information on resources and training/learning opportunities for trustees.


How to become a trustee – information on How charities work’s website.

Find a trustee vacancy Trustees’ week provides a list of websites to look for trustee vacancies.

NCVO Trustee Bank – Trustee Bank is the vacancies database with current trustee role opportunities advertised by NCVO members.

Charity trustees: resignation and removal – the Charity Commission guidance on procedure to follow when wishing to resign as a charity trustee – and how to remove a trustee from the board.

Getting the best out of Trustee Boards – 8 top tips from the FSI.

The Governance Jigsaw – six main duties of a trustee.

“5 things I could do to immediately improve the effectiveness of my board” – tips on board effectiveness from the Eastside Primetimers Foundation.


Trustee skills audit – this free to all page on NCVO/KnowHow provide a trustee skills audit template and board exercise that can be downloaded, and it is a tool meant to help charities identify what skills and experience are on the board, and what are missing.

How to complete a skills audit – Reach Volunteering information on how to map out the skills and expertise of trustees.

Trustee board: people and skills – the Charity Commission guidance on how to get the right people, with the right skills, on the charity board.

Skills audit samplesGovernance Pages provide several sample skills audit documents and templates that are free to download.

Board skills audit template – this template, available to download on the Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum website, can be used to complete a skills audit of the board.

Useful organisations/websites

Small Charities Coalition – it provides relevant support to its over 9,000 UK-wide members, and a network where small charities can share their knowledge.

ICSA: The Governance Institute – the professional body for governance; it provides training and information and represents the interests of governance professionals.

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Trustee Recruitment Portals and Services – (2 pp., 901KB) – this document from the Small Charities Coalition provides a list of organisations offering trustee recruitment services, highlighting whether they are free or not.

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