Getting on Board is a small national charity (number 1112013) which supports people from all sectors of society to become charity board trustees and helps charities to recruit and retain a diverse range of trustees. We have a particular focus on trustee diversity, aiming to support more women, younger people, people of colour, disabled people and those from other under-represented groups to join charity boards.
The aspiring trustees we support include young people, women, people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, working class people, and people with lived experience of disenfranchisement.
We help charities in their mission to become more representative of the communities they serve by recruiting and retaining trustees from a diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences.
Since its foundation in 2004 by Sarah Hodgkinson, Getting on Board has supported thousands of people to become trustees, and worked with numerous organisations to raise awareness of the role of trustees and to train them to become trustees.
Today, Getting on Board’s mission continues to change the face of trusteeship by bringing diversity to charity boards. Many charity boards lack the diversity essential to good governance and growth, in part because they do not recruit trustees openly by advertising available trustee roles.
We believe that charity boards need to better reflect their communities and society as whole. Good governance comes from appointing trustees who represent a diversity of ethnicities, backgrounds, relevant skills and lived experience to a board. Equally importantly, all trustees should feel supported and empowered, and confident that their opinions will be listened to and taken into account.