Trustee Recruitment Cycle launches

Trustee Recruitment Cycle: Reflect, Prepare, Advertise, Shortlist & Interview, Appoint & Induct and Evaluate.

Reach Volunteering and partners have launched a new website to help charities recruit trustees and make their board the best it can be. 


The Trustee Recruitment Cycle takes you through the recruitment process in six stages, and is designed so you can dip into relevant sections, or work through the whole recruitment process start to finish. It brings together ideas and experiences from charities, with guides, templates and inspiration to help charities recruit trustees in an inclusive and effective way. 
The website was created using our research with charities about the barriers and challenges in trustee recruitment and includes an overview. Sections and resources include content about:


  • Identifying skills gaps
  • How to make your board more diverse
  • Engaging potential trustees and targeting advertising
  • Assessing candidates 
  • Being positive about saying no
  • What to do if your recruitment didn’t go to plan.

‘Getting the right mix of trustees on board is important for all charities. This accessible and practical guide, combines tools, guidance and case studies to help charities make their trustee recruitment more inclusive and more effective.’
Janet Thorne, CEO, Reach Volunteering


‘This new practical resource from Reach Volunteering will help charities find and attract people to strengthen your board and governance. We are delighted to have helped with its development and to recommend it to Chairs.’
Ros Oakley, CEO, Association of Chairs


‘Recruiting trustees can be a pivotal turning point for a small charity. Getting it right is so important, good trustees can make an organisation, bad trustees break one. This guide from Reach Volunteering is an essential and invaluable tool in making sure not only that the process of recruitment is done well, but also that it envelopes and expands an organisation’s commitment to equality. No organisation should even consider recruiting without reference to this guide.’ 
Rita Chadha, CEO, Small Charities Coalition


‘Three quarters of charities report that they struggle to recruit trustees they need. Getting on Board is therefore delighted to have contributed to this practical, free guidance to effective trustee recruitment. This will help charities recruit the trustees they need to thrive, a key part of which is to build a diverse board which has personal experience of the issues a charity is seeking to tackle.’ 
Penny Wilson, CEO, Getting on Board.

Reach Volunteering has developed this guide in collaboration with the Association of Chairs, Small Charities Coalition and Getting on Board. It has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and The Clothworkers’ Company. Read more about how and why it came about.