The essential trustee

Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. They come from all walks of life and almost everyone has abilities, knowledge or experience that they can bring to a charity.

Being a trustee should be rewarding and enjoyable, and an opportunity to make a positive difference and serve the community while learning new skills. A strong personal commitment to the charity's aims is important.  Most trustees are unpaid volunteers, but trustees are allowed to be reimbursed for reasonable expenses; there is no reason for trustees to be out-of-pocket.

Trustees have duties and responsibilities to their charity, its supporters and beneficiaries.  If you have recently become a trustee, or even if you have been a trustee for years, it is important that you are aware of these and we encourage you to read our guidance:

  • The Essential Trustee: What you need to know (Feb 2008)    HTML | PDF | Easy-read PDF
  • CC3a - The Essential Trustee: An introduction (Jan 2007)      HTML | PDF

CC3a is also available in a variety of different languages

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