To mark the seventh annual Trustees’ Week, which takes place this week, the Charity Commission has re-emphasised the great work that trustees do and highlight their complex but invaluable role in society.
The role trustees can play in guiding the digital transformation within charities has been well documented recently. There are approximately 850,000 trustees in England and Wales, overseeing 165,000 registered charities, but there’s still the potential for more with digital skills to be recruited.
As part of Trustees’ Week, the Commission is reminding trustees that their fundamental roles and responsibilities are the same as they have always been, despite the recent increase in focus. Trustees should act in the best interests of their charity, ensuring it is best placed and equipped to achieve its charitable purpose for the public benefit.
The Commission also wants to encourage anyone thinking of becoming a trustee to use Trustees’ Week to find out more about the role and the various ways they can get involved. Trusteeship brings excellent opportunities including meeting new people, developing new skills, and applying existing expertise to new, real-life challenges.
This year’s theme for Trustees’ Week focuses on Stronger Charities through Good Leadership, reflecting the excellent leadership the Commission often sees in its case work from a range of trustees and charity staff.
William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said: “We know the work of trustees is crucial to the success of their charities, and they often bear a considerable load. However, this Trustees’ Week we want to encourage trustees to keep doing excellent work – and remind them that despite the recent increase in focus, the legal burden hasn’t changed.
“We see great stewardship in our engagement with charities, often by trustees facing difficult and complex situations. Some of the best decision-making we have seen has been a product of having diversity on boards, meaning trustees can challenge each other and offer conflicting perspectives to ultimately achieve the best outcome for their charity.”
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