Free trustee recruitment guidance from Getting on Board

1st April 2019

Getting on Board is looking to professionalise trustee recruitment practices with support from Rathbones, in order to help charities navigate one of their most high impact decisions.

At an event this week hosted by The Guardian, Getting on Board launched its free guidance designed to help charities effectively recruit trustees to lead and govern their organisations.

Currently there are an estimated 90,000 vacancies for Trusteeships and 90% of organisations report to recruit their Trustees by word of mouth and existing networks. Men outnumber women on Trustee boards 2:1 , and the average age of a Trustee is 57.

Simultaneously only 41% of Trustee boards are representative of the communities they serve, and a meagre 14% of organisations feel well-equipped to meet compliance, strategic, and development needs.

From assessing skills gaps in an organisation’s Trustee Board, to effective advertisement, to developing meaningful inductions for a new Trustee, Getting on Board seeks to demystify the process and promote the practice of open recruitment for charity boards. You can download the free guidance here.