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.
- What skills and experience do you have around the board already?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.