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Trustees’ Policy Checklist

As part of their governance duties trustees are required to ensure that their charity has the appropriate policies and procedures in place, ranging from those that relate to the employment of people to those that ensure the financial safety and security of their organisation.

So how do you fulfil your duty as trustee in relation to policies and procedures. Your job is to ask the right questions which will satisfy you that the policies and procedures which are in place are legal, appropriate for the size of the organisation, and are able to be implemented and understood and followed.

In this article, Debra Allcock Tyler, the CEO of DSC (Directory of Social Change), provides a shortlist of the sort questions which you should be asking

Trustees Are Human Too

When you read through the Charity Commissions guidelines for trustees (CC3 and CC20), you are left with no doubt that the buck stops with us as trustees. We are accountable, and we are liable for the actions of our charity. However, it is important to remember that we are human too, and the best trustees blend their responsibilities with their humanity and are not afraid to bring their fallible, human self to the Board table.

In this article Leesa Harwood, DSC Associate Trainer, discusses some of the people focused priorities that trustees should remember.

Who Can Be A Trustee

If you already work in the charity sector you probably have a hazy idea about what trusteeship is but for many charity workers it still feels like something that is out of reach. Trusteeship often feels like something that other people with ‘special skills’ can attain but which remains out of reach for ordinary people.

The question of who can be a trustee is more about values than experience so focus on whether you have these three important values – curiosity, dedication, and humility. Charities need and benefit from diverse trustees. That means more people with a wider range of skills, knowledge and lived experience than are currently represented on boards.

To find out more about what it takes to be a trustee, read this article by Fiona McAuslan, Communications Director at  Getting on Board.

What Stops People Becoming Trustees

Charities need to do more to encourage trustees from a wider range of ages, backgrounds and communities. However many charities struggle to know how to do this.

There are about 1 million people in the UK doing a fantastic job as a trustee and they should be proud of their immense efforts. However many charities need help their boards and need to have easier access to the skills, knowledge and experience that their organisation needs – people with lived experience of what we are trying to tackle, or with the skills, knowledge and experience to enhance their board.

Recent research by the insurance firm Ecclesiastical reported that 79% of trustees agree that charities need to do more to encourage trustees from a wider range of ages, backgrounds and communities, but many charities struggle to know how to do this.

To find out the biggest barriers which stop people becoming trustees click here

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