Becoming a trustee

Most people have skills, knowledge or experience which they can bring to a charity and estimates suggest that almost half of all charities have at least one vacancy on their board.  

If you are interested in finding out about how you can become a trustee, you can visit the trusteeship pages of the Charity Commission websiteThere you will find information about what you need to consider before becoming a trustee.  
The following organisations and services can help match you with a trustee vacancy:
  • Getting on Board encourages people to develop board-level volunteering careers alongside their professional careers. We do this by working with employers, professional bodies and individuals across the UK. For information on how you, your employees and colleagues can find voluntary sector trustee roles and Get on Board, email or call 01449 744166. 
  • NCVO Trustee Bank displays a range of civil society board vacancies for individuals to browse online. Applicants can contact the organisations that interest them directly. For those who’d like to know more about trusteeship there is information and advice on becoming a trustee as well as a directory of other trustee recruitment services. 
  • Trusteefinder is a free service from Charity Trustee Networks which will help you find a trustee vacancy. You can search through thousands of trustee vacancies across the country by your areas of interest and how far you are willing to travel. Trusteefinder builds on the services of and volunteer centres.     
  • ICAEW Volunteers website is a free and easy to use volunteering website for ICAEW members and the wider public. All not-for-profit organisations (including charities, schools and social enterprises) can post unlimited volunteering opportunities free of charge to the website.
  • TrusteeWorks freely helps skilled volunteers find challenging and rewarding trustee opportunities. It offers information and support to help make the experience fun and satisfying.
  •   Recruit3 is the third sector trading site and is dedicated to finding talented and ambitious people to work in the charity and voluntary sector.
  • Volunteering Wales gives information and advice about volunteering in Wales, and listed a large number of opportunities, including trustee positions. Under the 'advanced search' option, select the 'trustee' category.
  • Guardian Jobs lists a variety of trustee vacancies within its wider Jobs section
  • Career Volunteer works with charities and social enterprises around the world to assist with trustee recruitment, skilled volunteers and Board members through corporate volunteering, employee engagement, skilled volunteering programmes and executive search.
  • Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation set up to recruit high-calibre business people into academy trust board positions on a pro bono basis. It aims to bring the best of corporate governance and business acumen into the education system and support good trusts to grow.