An effective Board will provide good governance and leadership by ensuring the delivery of the institution’s purpose. To this end, there should be a written policy as well as an induction process covering the roles and responsibilities of Trustees, Directors and Management Committee Members and essential information on the institution. They have a duty to be informed and should be given the following elements as a minimum as part of their induction process:

– A copy of the governing document which sets out the objectives, powers and operating rules;
– A written guide to their responsibilities and roles.

Trustees are legally responsible for the management and administration of the institution. In the charity’s governing document, they may be known as trustees, directors, board members, governors, committee members, a council of management or charity trustees.

While being a charity trustee can be an interesting and rewarding role, trustees should be aware of the significant level of responsibility involved. It is also essential that there are no legal or other barriers to a trustee’s appointment.

For more information on trusteeship and the trustee’s main duties, see here.