After attending excellent training from, Getting on Board and Team London, on recruiting a diverse Trustee Board, there are 5 things that really stood out in order to help create a strong, diverse Trustee Board.
1. Identify what specific skills or qualities you need for your Trustee Board.
Your Trustee Board should be there to guide your organisation, therefore, you want it to be multiskilled, with the experience and knowledge needed to steer you in the right direction. A Trustee Board 'skills analysis' can help you identify what you already have - but may have been unaware of - and what you need. KVA can help talk you through this process, so please get in touch if you want to discuss this.
2. Advertise your vacancies.
Shockingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, only 10 per cent of Trustee vacancies are advertised. The majority are through 'word of mouth' or existing networks. While this might be a way to bring in friends and colleagues who could be a benefit to your organisation, it can be a barrier to increasing the diversity of your Trustee Board.
3. More than advertising, go find them in their natural habitat.
Instead of just posting up an advert on your website or charity jobs, think about the skills that you need on your Trustee Board, and then where you might find people who have those skills.
- Are you looking for someone with an HR background?
- What about writing speculative emails to recruitment agencies, big local companies, or statutory bodies?
- What about advertising in HR magazines and local Forums?
4. Show your willingness to take people with different experiences.
The best person for the role might not have been a Trustee before, and might not have a background in the charity sector. Be clear in your Trustee advertisement, that you are willing to take those who don’t have Trustee experience and, if possible, offer training/ inductions to help people feel more confident in the role.
5. Provide a formal recruitment process.
You want your Trustees to be right for the role, and as with any job, an interview can help tease out important issues to help you decide if they are right for the role, such as:
- What sort of time commitment can they make?
- What skills and experiences can they bring that you might not be aware off?
- How do they go about problem solving?
- What attracts them to your cause/ service?
You do not have to accept everyone who is interested in becoming your Trustee. It’s a key role, so make sure you are getting someone who will do a great job and be an asset to your Trustee Board.
Getting on Board have very kindly let us share their valuable slides from the training, see here.
KVA has a Trustee Network where trustee’s can meet learn new skills and share best practice. If you would like to join please contact firstname.lastname@example.org