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A new practical guide to recruiting Trustees

Posted on 29/04/2019 by Matt Adams

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Statistics show that there are currently an estimated 90,000 vacancies for Trusteeships with 90% of organisations reporting they recruit Trustees by word of mouth and existing networks. Men outnumber women on Trustee boards 2:1 and the average age of a Trustee is 57. Only 41% of Trustee boards are representative of the communities they serve, and a meagre 14% of organisations feel well-equipped to meet compliance, strategic, and development needs.

For the last year, my colleague Rob Hayter and I have supported Trustee Recruitment Pathways, a programme run by the charity Getting on Board which supported 30 charities (under £2 million turnover) who were struggling to appoint new Board members. Funded by Comic Relief, The Pears Foundation and the Anjoli Stewart Fund, the participating charities were based all over England and Wales and acted as live case studies.

We celebrated the end of their successful programme last week and the launch of their new practical guide to recruiting new Trustees, a brilliant resource full of examples and case studies to assist charities to recruit new Board members.

To review the practical guide, please visit the Getting on Board site here to get a copy.

If you have already tried recruiting new Board members with no success and would like to discuss how TPP can assist you, please get in touch with me to find out more about the three levels of Trustee recruitment we offer (including a pro-bono service).