VAST Vault – Governance & Trustees

VAST Trustee Guides

What is a Trustee and how do I become one?

A trustee’s role in a charity is to be the ‘guardians of purpose’, making sure that all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first as well as ensuring the charity is legally compliant at all times.

This guide provides key information on what being a Trustee involves and your legal and ethical reponsibilities to the charity you represent. 

Advertising Trustee roles

Some key information taken from Getting on Board’s “how to recruit trustees for your charity” shows some interesting statistics around trustees.

We highly recommend reading this free guide, but we have summarised the key items to consider within this document.

More information on governance and trusteeship

The Trustees are responsible for ensuring good governance within an organisation which can be daunting.

Governance is a term used to describe the trustees’ role in:

  • the long term direction of the charity, including its objectives or purposes
  • implementing policies and activities to achieve objectives
  • complying with legal requirements
  • accountability to those with an interest or ‘stake’ in the charity.