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Recruiting Trustees

Whatever the size of your organisation, having the right trustees is critical.  Because they perform such an important role, it can be challenging to recruit them – but it can also be an exciting opportunity to bring in new experience, skills and ideas to your organisation.

The Volunteer Centre is here to help you to get the right people for your organisation and have collected a number of guides and checklists of what to do when recruiting Trustees. Please scroll down the page to see these.

Advertise your Trustee role

We offer a free service to charities recruiting Trustees - advertising is straightforward via our Volunteer Connect online platform. Please visit the Volunteer Connect page to find out more and to register & advertise.

The roles you register with us will be promoted on our website, as well as in our monthly Bulletin (monthly circulation 2000+) and in our drop-in service.

Guides available

To help you recruit Trustees the following resources can help you through the legal requirements you must do, as well as the good practice recommendations that will help you get the best results.

Our Guide to Recruiting Trustees is good starting place is our briefwhich highlights key issues to think about and has page references to key sections in the following guides which we think are really good.

Another good and challenging article about Trustees is from Joe Saxton at NFP Synergy. His article, A Trusted Role: The Challenges of creating an effective trustee board highlights common challenges and has personal suggestions on how trustees can make the most of their role.  

More detailed guides for recruiting Trustees:
Finding new trustees – what charities need to know’  (Charity Commission 2012) - includes DBS changes for Trustees

Trustee Recruitment Toolkit (NCVO 2006 comprehensive guide)

Recruit a Trustee Pocket Guide (NCVO 2006)

Guides for Trustees or potential trustees to read:
The Essential Trustee  (Charity Commission 2012) This sets out the role and duties of trustees.   


Other ways to advertise your Trustee role:

Below are some of the main options but Trustees Week is a dedicated trustee website which has more information and resources.

Free options:

  • Reach: Skilled volunteers - Now free for organisations with less than £100k turnover
  • Charity Job: free to advertise for volunteers, including trustees
  • The Big Give - Free for registered charities and adverts appear on the site for 6 weeks
  • Vinspired - specifically for young volunteers aged 16-25

Membership options:

Paid for options: