Become a trustee

Charity is everywhere. It’s in churches, parks, universities. Every part of society needs charity to survive.

Becoming a trustee is an exciting opportunity to benefit society and really make a difference. It can be a hugely rewarding, important and exciting role.

Trustees not only give their time, skills and experience to a good cause, they can learn new and useful skills too.

Applications are welcomed from individuals of all ages and backgrounds. 

For more information about minimum requirements and the role of trustees visit the charity regulators for the different parts of the UK:

Want to volunteer as a trustee?

The organisations below can help.

  • Academy Ambassadors, non-executive director/trustee roles on multi-academy trust boards
  • Do it.org’s Trustee Finder, with Small Charities Coalition, UK-wide
  • Getting on Board for professionals, is a trustee recruitment and diversity charity. It’s our guiding belief that board diversity is key to effective decision making, better delivery of a charity’s services and the broader goal of creating a more equitable society
  • The Guardian jobs, UK-wide trusteeships
  • ICAEW volunteers, for Chartered Accountants
  • Reach Volunteering, for trustee opportunities throughout the UK
  • Step on Board, for Corporate board level volunteering
  • Trustees Unlimited, for trustees and board roles
  • Inspiring Governance is a free service (funded by the Department for Education) which enables people who want to volunteer as school governors and trustees to connect with governing boards who need volunteers
  • Prospect-us , non-executive director/trustee roles across the UK and internationally

Need to recruit a trustee?

Support for charities recruiting trustees is available from the following organisations.

England:

Wales:

Scotland:

Northern Ireland: