Recruiting the right trustees involves a formal and organised process and can be considered in a similar way to how you would recruit staff to your organisation and the formal process of recruitment. It should be a professional and planned process in order to ensure the best chances of success.

What do you need in place before you start?

  1. Check your governing document- this will tell you the upper limit for the amount of trustees you are allowed, how your trustees must be appointed and term length for trustees.
  2. Agreement from your current committee on recruiting new trustees and an agreement on what the priorities are for the new recruits.
  3. A plan for the timing of the process and an idea of who is doing what. Responsibilities such as shortlisting, interviewing and inducting will be needed.
  4. An advert.
  5. An information pack, including role description.
  6. Shortlisting criteria.