Taken on Trust research published by the Charity Commission shows that 92% of trustees in England and Wales have an average age of 55-64 rising to 65-74 in smaller charities.
While older trustees are over-represented in the current landscape of trusteeship the opposite holds true for younger trustees.
This is highlighted by the Charities Aid Foundation, despite making up 12% of Britain’s population, 18-24 year-olds account for less than 0.5% of all charity trustees.
Younger people are a vital part of our society, they offer skills, perspectives and outlook that could give great value to charities and their boards.
This has been recognised by reports published by Roundhouse in 2017 and most recently, in the government’s Civil Society Strategy (2018).
We want to transform the landscape of trusteeship
The Young Trustees Movement was created to challenge and transform the current landscape of trusteeship in England and Wales and to bring new and younger voices to the boardroom.
It aims to catalyse change and to start breaking down the barriers faced by younger people who want to be trustees.
Funded by the Blagrave Trust, this movement takes a systemic approach working with young people, existing trustees, and sector leaders to encourage change so we can grow the numbers of young trustees in England and Wales.
Underlying this is the movement towards fundamentally challenging and changing the perception of what it means to be a leader. What this means is to widen the definition and perception of who a trustee is beyond the traditional view of someone that is at the pinnacle of their career or someone with senior management experience.
This may mean valuing different factors such as age, lived experience, socio-economic background and so on.
To read the full Charity Commission blog click here.