Charity trustees are the people legally responsible for the overall management and decision making within a charity. Trustees are responsible for the direction and (financial) performance of their charity, they ensure that the organisation has a clear strategy or set of goals to work towards. Other than in exceptional circumstances, trustees are volunteers.
Why do people become trustees?
Being a trustee should be rewarding and enjoyable. It is a great way to get involved in a community or to support a cause which matters to you. Trustees come from all walks of life and becoming a trustee can help you meet new people, change your community for the better, learn new skills or use your existing skills in a new context.
The Charity Commission have developed guidance to explain “What you need to know” and “What you need to do” as The Essential Trustee.