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How to Become a Charity Trustee:
a free guide

Download our free guide for information and practical and achievable step-by-step help on how you can become a trustee.


Who is the guide for

Everyone! Anyone can volunteer to be a trustee, regardless of how junior or senior you are in your career, whether you are in paid employment or not, regardless of your ethnicity, class, gender orientation, sexuality or any other difference.  Boards thrive on diversity and need a mix of all the different groups within society to deliver robust governance and fulfill a charity’s mission.


Getting on Board believes in board diversity so our How to Become a Charity Trustee, sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance, is a practical toolkit for aspiring trustees on how to get started which is designed to be easy for everyone to download and use. 

Download the guide free below or buy a printed version from the Directory of Social Change website.

What is in the guide

The 48-page free full colour guide demystifies the role of a trustee and covers: 

  • Exactly what a trustee is

  • What a trustee does

  • What the responsibilities of a trustee are

  • The benefits of being a trustee

  • Identifying what you have to offer as a trustee

  • How to find the role that’s right for you

  • What to write in your application

  • And much, much more!


Find the answers

Some of the popular questions the How to Become a Charity Trustee can answer:


  • How do I start converting my professional CV into one that grabs the attention of the trustee board?

  • If the majority of trustee positions aren’t advertised, where do I  find out available trusteeships?

  • How do I know whether a charity is well managed or not? What are the red flags to look out for?

  • What are the differences between a standard job interview and a trustee position interview? 

What other trustees say

‘A guide like this is important so that others realise, what I wasn’t told, that this route is not just for those with degrees or business qualifications, but that there is a role at the top table for those who’ve graduated from the university of life.’

Bushra Ahmed, former chair of The Small Charities Coalition and trustee for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation

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This guide is invaluable in helping you understand the skills you have to offer, so you can find the right role as a trustee.


Becoming a trustee can feel like a lot of responsibility, but it’s a brilliant feeling knowing you really are contributing where it’s needed.’


Millie Papworth, trustee of the Cambridge Money Advice Centre


'Hopefully hearing from others about their experiences will only help  potential trustees to further that desire to apply for roles and make that next step in becoming a trustee.’


Rob Avann, Chief Executive of the Open University Students Association

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