A good board is a collective which draws together trustees with a range of different strengths and experiences. For this reason, you only need a few trustees with previous board experience. This is good news: the pool of people who have board experience is limited, so removing this restriction means that you can appeal to a much larger and more diverse group of people.
First-time trustees can bring a wealth of valuable experience, skills and enthusiasm, and a fresh perspective. Traditional approaches to trustee recruitment favours those with prior experience so recruiting a first-time trustee requires a different approach. Rethink the process through the eyes of someone unfamiliar with governance. Make each step of the process a positive experience and create a level playing field. The aim is to set first-time trustees up for success!