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By Getting-On-Board, Oct 27 2016 08:42PM

Charities affect the lives of millions of people every year- but are facing pressures and challenges as never before. In this environment, for charities to face the future with confidence, being able to bring good trustees onto their Boards is essential.


In a partnership between Getting on Board and Cause 4 we’re launching a campaign to promote good trustee recruitment and to find out some of the things that are holding charities back in this area.

Charity CEOs, chairs, trustees and other members of charity senior leadership teams are being asked to take a survey we’ve set up , before Friday 11th November. Initial results will be announced at the end of Trustees Week (7-13 November 2016) and in January, leading charity experts will take part in a round table discussing these issues ahead of the publication of a detailed report on trustee recruitment practices in the UK.


The current situation

Despite the fact that 21% of British adults are interested in joining the board of a charity, there are currently an estimated 90,000 trustee vacancies nationally. This is partially down to poor recruitment practices on the part of charities; fewer than 8% of vacancies are advertised as charities choose to recruit form their own limited network of staff, volunteers and other personal connections.


The result is a lack of diversity on boards in terms of background, skills and viewpoints. For example, only 0.5% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 (12% of the UK’s adult population) are trustees. Through my work as the Founder of Young Charity Trustees, I’ve seen how young people are willing to step up to the plate but unsure how to get involved or about whether charities are really interested in engaging them. Other underrepresented groups include disabled people, those leaving the armed forces and ethnic minorities.


Charities also tend to recruit trustees from a limited number of industries such as accountancy, law and finance. While such skills remain vital, the sector needs an injection of fresh talent in “21st century” areas such as PR, social media and digital in order to ensure it is capitalising on new opportunities such as social enterprise and crowdfunding.


Other issues include charities’ general lack of confidence around recruitment and current Trustees not feeling that they are making a worthwhile contribution to their Boards- meaning that they are unable to act as effective advocates for potential Trustees.


Katherine Sparkes, CEO of Getting On Board says “At the moment, the charity sector is selling itself short when it comes to trustee recruitment. If we are to tap into a wider talent pool, charities need to change their practices to be more open, accessible, welcoming and professional - actively welcoming trustees who better reflect both the demographics of service users and beneficiaries and the UK population as a whole. Put simply, a good board is a diverse board - in terms of skills, background and age - and charities need to do more to attract the best talent.


“And trusteeship is not just about what trustees can do for the charity, but how charities can help individuals develop through their experiences as a trustee. Just as you would with other volunteers or paid staff, investing in Trustees will reap rewards. The research we are conducting will help inform our knowledge about the challenges charities are currently facing in recruitment, and what remedial steps those working in the sector ought to take.”

Michelle Wright, CEO of Cause 4 added: “Great governance can only happen with great trustees, and at the moment, the sector just isn’t doing enough to recruit the right people. This means that many charity boards aren’t operating as well as they should, meaning that they are not meeting their objectives in the most effective way.

“We hope that this survey goes some way towards discovering what is going wrong in the sector in this area, and what steps can be taken to address any issues.”


Can you help?

We know that there are lots of problems with the way many charities currently recruit trustees, but also that there are a great deal of positive examples out there too. We’d like to learn about both.

So, we need your help! Please fill in the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TrusteeRecruitment share it with others who you think would have a view- and please get in touch if you are interested in attending the roundtable.


You can follow and support the campaign using the hashtag #trusteerecruit – we look forward to working on this important issue with you in the build up to Trustees’ Week.


by Alex Swallow

By Getting-On-Board, Jul 20 2016 09:20PM

A call for evidence went out today from the ‘Select Committee on Charities’ seeking views on charity sector sustainability.


In the wake of high profile events questioning appropriate practice in the charitable sector the committee has been established to look at issues related to sustaining the charity sector, and the challenges of charity governance.


Recommendations will be made to the UK Government on how to ease the pressures on the charity sector and to make sure the sector is sustainable for the future. The Committee is looking for examples of best practice, innovation and ideas to bring the sector together and are welcoming written evidence by 5 September 2016.


To find out more please visit http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/charities-committee/news-parliament-2015/call-for-evidence/ and to join the online conversation on twitter use the hashtag #HLCharities.



By Getting-On-Board, Jul 14 2016 10:34PM

Getting on Board launched a new training workshop, ‘Preparation for Trusteeship’ in Spring 2016. We were hearing more and more from individuals interested in becoming a trustee but hesitant to take their first steps towards a role due to questions around whether being a trustee was really for them, what would the role really involve and how much time would they need to commit?


We wanted to ensure that everyone recognises Trusteeship is something they could volunteer to do with confidence and our half day workshop does just this by bringing trusteeship alive through case studies, activities and real-life scenarios.


At our most recent workshop, delivered for Burges Salmon in Bristol 82% of attendees reported feeling more confident about becoming a trustee after the workshop and 100% would recommend the workshop to someone else.



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