Nearly half of all charities in the UK are looking for trustees at any time and with 170,000 UK registered charities that's a lot of vacancies!

Recruiting new members to the board can seem a daunting task but there's a wealth of help and resources to start your search.  The important consideration is diversity amongst board members because boards with trustees of different backgrounds and experience are more likely to encourage debate and to make better decisions. Some trustee roles need special skills and depending on your cause you may need trustees with other experience and specialisations. NCVO has a informative Roles on the Board page to help you identify what kind of trustee you need.

The first rule of thumb in trustee recruitment is to openly advertise any trustee posts, and not just spread word of the vacancy through your existing networks. The second rule is to advertise in the places where your prospective targets are. We've put together some links to get you started:

Treasurer Recruitment

The Honorary Treasurers Forum

Institute of Chartered Accountants

Have you thought about approaching your local Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Rotary or business associations to find someone locally who would be interested in your cause?

Digital/Social Media/IT Trustee

Diversity Specific

Women on Boards

Young Trustees Movement

A Practical Guide to Recruiting Black and Asian Charity Trustees

General Trustee Recruitment

Reach Volunteering

Getting on Board

Charity Job

Using LinkedIn to recruit trustees has been very successful for some local charities and we can offer support by publicising your trustee position on Volunteer Plus, our online volunteer recruitment database, contact for more details.


More Reading:

NCVO Easy Read Good Trustee Guide: How Trustees Look After the Charity 

Or the Charity Commission 5 Minute Guides

Charity Commission Finding New Trustees