Become a trustee

Trustees boards are the governing body of a charity and are made up of volunteers who use their skills and expertise to ensure the health and growth of an organisation.

Our unique and personalised service allows you to select for yourself the kind of organisation you would like to get involved in. We have a dedicated team dealing with trustee appointments and can support you every step of the way to find a great trustee role. Find out more about becoming a trustee below.

What is Trusteeship?

Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. They may be known as trustees, directors, board members, governors or committee members. They are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of a charity.

Trustees act as a single body and ensure the organisation has a clear strategy or set of goals and the work and goals of the charity are in line with its stated vision. They take overall legal responsibility for the organisation's work but delegate authority for day-to-day activities to appropriate staff and/or volunteers.

Read more about trusteeship in Our guide to being a trustee.

Why become a trustee?

Trustees come from all walks of life, and are united in a desire to create positive change in society. Some are retired; many are working full or part time, and find trusteeship can fit conveniently around work, home and other commitments. 

Being a trustee is rewarding and enjoyable.  It is a great way to be involved in a community or cause which matters to you. Being a trustee can help you meet new people, change your community for the better, learn new skills or use your existing skills in a new context.

You may get involved because it is a cause or an issue you are passionate about or it may be your life has been touched by the work of the voluntary organisation.  You may want to build your CV, have experience of strategy and management or find out more about the not-for-profit sector before making a career change.

Being a trustee can expose you to new experiences and new groups of people.  It can present you with new challenges, constructive and exciting ones as well as some more difficult things to overcome.  You are part of a team as a trustee and will have the opportunity to add your unique skills and experience while learning from others too.

As a trustee you are at the centre of the action for the organisation you are involved in. The more effective the board of trustees, the greater difference you and your organisation will make.

If you feel you have management expertise to contribute a trustee position might be the ideal way for you to volunteer your skills. 

How do I apply for a trustee position?

It’s the same straightforward process to apply for a trustee role as for other skilled volunteering roles. You’ll first need to register and tell us about the types of roles and charities you’re interested in. Use the ‘About me’ section to explain what type of trustee role you’re looking for and the experience you have. Keep this broad unless you have really specific interests.

Find out about the registration process or register straight away: