What will I love about becoming a trustee?

  • Being trusted to act in the best interest of the charity and of those benefiting from it.
  • Giving something back to a cause you care about can be immensely fulfilling; trusteeship allows you to align your values with meaningful actions.
  • Putting your life experience and professional skills to good use and gaining insight into how charities are run. You’ll also get to learn from other trustees and gain extensive leadership skills.
  • Trusteeship connects you with a diverse network of professionals, fellow trustees, and stakeholders. This network can expand your contacts, opening doors to new opportunities and collaborations.

Are there any challenges for trustees?

  • Trusteeship involves a lot of work and responsibility. Those who don’t fulfil their duties properly can be held responsible for any losses the charity faces.
  • Trustees don’t receive payment or personal benefits. However, the role is still incredibly rewarding, as your efforts are directed towards benefiting others.
  • Trusteeship is a long-term commitment – usually between two and four years initially.

How much time does it take to be a trustee?

The amount of time a person gives to a trustee role can vary from charity to charity, so it’s best to make sure that you understand what’s expected of you before you accept a position.

It’s worth finding out things like how many meetings there are each year, and when and where they are held – as well as how much contact there is in between meetings and how this will all take place.

Typically you can expect to spend 1 to 2 days per month fulfilling the role.

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