Finding a trustee

We enrich, diversify and strengthen boards.

As one of the UK’s leading trustee and board recruitment agencies, we find the right trustees for boards of all shapes and sizes and locations.

Since 2009 we’ve worked with a broad portfolio of organisations including charities, social enterprises, housing associations, mutuals, regulatory bodies, student unions and B Corps.

We excel in handpicking Trustees for large organisations, but strongly believe that every charity board should benefit from the diverse and skilled people we meet. We’ve created our Foundation service to allow charities of all sizes to connect with our network.

COVID-19 UPDATE: All of our services can be delivered remotely, from posting an advert on our website to running selection processes via video conferencing. Do get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss how best to run a ‘non contact’ trustee recruitment process.

We have three offerings to choose from:

Package includes Foundation Plus Tailored
Advert with TU

Your advert hosted on our website for 30 days.

30 days 90 days Yes
Advert on other websites

Your advert posted by us on additional sites (e.g. Charity Job, Women on Boards, ICAEW).

No Yes Yes
TU newsletter

Inclusion in newsletter to TU’s candidate database and promotion to our parent firm Russam’s senior executive database.

No Yes Yes
Social media promotion

Active promotion of your vacancy on our social media channels (Linked In and Twitter).

No Yes Yes
Candidate pack & job description

Bespoke support with defining the brief and writing the advert and role description.

No No Yes
Candidate sift

Expert review of applications, summary, and preparing a longlist.

No No Yes
Longlist interviews

Interviews conducted by expert recruiters and feedback prepared for your review.

No No Yes

Targeted headhunt involving market mapping and conversations with c. 150 people about the role .

No No Yes
Candidate checks & references

Formal references, HMRC and Charity Commission checks.

No No Yes
Package prices £0 – 125 £99 – 299 POA
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Charities looking for additional support to identify new trustees, Board Chairs or Committee Chairs can discuss how we can help meet your needs.

For some organisations, identifying high calibre candidates is the sole priority, whereas for others, internal capacity means our expert interviewing and advice can be invaluable.

Our packages include:

Search & Selection

The full service option, often used for Chair and Treasurer positions, which includes a headhunt and management of the whole process.

Who should use this service?

Charities who want a full service bespoke process.

Often used to fill a critical role such as Chair or Treasurer, or difficult to source experience such as safeguarding.


The traditional ‘headhunt’, talking to up to 150 candidates to identify high quality applicants, but we hand over to you to do the interviewing.

Who should use this service?

Charities with a tight budget but a tricky role to fill who need a proactive headhunt to identify suitable candidates.

Have the capacity to manage the process themselves including candidate checks.

Advertising & Selection

Promotion of the vacancy to our database of candidates and full management of the process, including sifting applications, conducting longlist interviews and taking references.

Who should use this service?

Charities who need more bespoke support to define the role(s).

Limited capacity to manage the process including longlist interviews.

If you require independent expert advice on the candidates.

Targeted access to high quality candidates.

Foundation Plus

Reach qualified candidates quickly with this service which promotes your vacancy in our newsletter, via social media channels & on partner websites including Charity Job, Women on Boards, the ICAEW for finance trustees and now Girl Dreamer, an empowerment platform for young women of colour (read more about this partnership here).

10% discount for NCVO members

Who should use this service?

Small charities with some budget to spend on ensuring they reach qualified candidates quickly.

What you pay

Gross annual income Fee
Up to £100,000 £99
Up to £1m £199
Over £1m £299


Promote your trustee vacancy to our network by posting an advert on our website.

Free for NCVO members

Who should use this service?

Small charities.
All NCVO members.

What you pay

Gross annual income Fee
Up to £100,000 £50
Up to £1m £100
Over £1m £125

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

Trustees Unlimited believes that diverse boards strengthen society. We will strive to remove the barriers that prevent people from applying to become trustees and help our clients to recruit and support people with a wide range of skills and lived experience.

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