Recruiting and retaining trustees

Every charity can build a strong board if it invests time and effort in recruitment and retention.This guide will take you through the process step by step.

There are three stages to finding and keeping great trustees and this guide will take you through each step:

We also have some specific resources that will be useful:

You can look at individual steps and resources or download the whole guide as a pdf .

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Preparing for trustee recruitment

Follow these steps to prepare for trustee recruitment: includes guidance on skills audit and model role descriptions.

The recruitment process

Successful recruitment happens when you say clearly who you are and what you’re looking for, and do so in the right places.

Induction and post recruitment review

 Poor induction is one of the most cited reasons for individuals stepping down prematurely. New trustees need to feel welcomed and informed.

Carrying out a skills audit

A skills audit is a useful tool for mapping out the skills and expertise of trustees to see if you have the right mix and identify gaps.


Guide: Recruiting and retaining trustees
Your complete guide to the process – including preparing for recruitment, the recruitment process and, induction and review.
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Useful resources for trustees
A list of linked resources for chairs, treasurers and other trsutees covering general information, roles and responsibilities, and more.
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Trustees' legal responsibilities and liabilities
Written for Reach by Russell Cooke LLP, this is an expert view of trustees' legal responsibilities.
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