Who do you need on your board? 

Carry out a board audit by working out the skills you already possess on your board and finding the gaps within these skills.

  1. What skills and experience do you have around the board already?
  2. What challenges and opportunities is your charity likely to be facing in the next five years? What skills do you need to navigate these and why?
  3. What is the gap between what you have and what you want to achieve? Will this change because of current trustees standing down at some point?
  4. Think abut whether the specific skills you need have to be held by a board member or do you need a volunteer, paid staff or a consultant?

Be careful not to frame this as a criticism of the current board, it is rather about strengthening and building resilience to benefit the organisation and make it better equipped to face future challenges.