Have you ever thought about becoming a trustee, but not too sure what it entails? Read our blog and find out more about the vital role that trustees have within a charity, and what the benefits are of becoming one.
What is a trustee?
A trustee is a volunteer who serves on the governing body of a charity. They play a very important role in making sure that a charity is doing what it is set up to do. Trustees use their skills and experience to support the charity and help them to achieve their aims.
What does a trustee do?
Some of the key responsibilities of a trustee include:
- Ensuring the charity is achieving its aims
- Participate in strategic planning and setting the direction of the charity
- Support the senior management team, adding value and expert advice
- Look after the charity’s finances
- Take care of the charity’s assets
What are the benefits of being a trustee?
- Give something back – As a trustee, you play an important part in shaping the work and strategic direction of the charity. Not only is being a trustee a rewarding way to help your community, but it also enables you to contribute your skills and expertise to a cause that is important to you.
- Be part of a team – Being a trustee means working closely with people from diverse professional backgrounds. It provides a great opportunity to gain new insights and to learn from other trustees.
- Develop skills and experience – Improve your CV by gaining valuable non-executive board experience, and learning new skills within a leadership role. This could open doors to new responsibilities and more senior job prospects.
You can read more in The Essential Trustee (a guide from the Charity Commission).