Trustees

Fact sheets

Trustees play a critical role in charities, they safeguard the interests of the beneficiaries of the charity.
Appraising a company’s Board and/or Chair committees is both necessary and useful in assessing a company’s performance and effectiveness as well as looking for areas of improvement for the future.
A conflict of interest is any situation in which a trustee’s personal interests, interests they have to another committee and interests they have to their charity arise simultaneously or appear to clash.
Trustees are responsible for keeping a charity or community group in sync with the strategy and mission of the organisation, as well as keeping them ethically aware and responsible.
The aim of the AGM is to provide the charity trustees and/or officers the opportunity to explain their management of the charity to the members.
General guidance for Chairs
Whether simple or more complex, the chair must use their position to lead the board to act together in removing a trustee.
Charities are allowed to pay trustees for additional services they provide to their charity over and above normal trustee duties.
The exact work of the secretary will vary from organisation to organisation. It is worth having a discussion in your group to agree what the responsibilities of all the Management Committee members should be.
As a treasurer, you have day to day responsibility for dealing with money. It is your job to keep accounts and report to the committee.

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External factsheets & publications

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Balancing Risk
A Sayer Vincent Publication
Good Governance (Full)
Good Governance (Summary)
Outcome & Outcome Indicator Banks
A National Performance Programme Publication
Recruit a Trustee - Pocket Guide
A Governance Hub Publication
Starting on the Right Track - Recruiting a Chair
A Governance Hub Publication
Trustee Guide to Campaigning & Influencing
An NCVO Publication
Trustee Recruitment Toolkit
An NCVO Publication

Useful links

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Charity Commission
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Charity Commission News
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Charity Trustee Network
Charity Trustee Networks Newsletter
NCVO Trustee Bank