Thinking of becoming a trustee?

Are you thinking of becoming a trustee or joining the committee of a charitable organisation? Start here to get a feel for the role of trustees and committee members in the third sector.

Photos of trustees from around Powys

What is a trustee?

Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do.

They may be known by other titles, such as:

  • directors
  • board members
  • governors
  • committee members

Whatever they are called, trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. Depending on what the charity does, you will be making a difference to your local community or to society as a whole. Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board.

This definition is from the website of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. You can read more detail here. 

Trustees have six main duties:
  • To ensure that their charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
  • To comply with their charity’s governing document and the law
  • To act in their charity’s best interests
  • To manage their charity’s resources responsibly
  • To act with reasonable care and skill
  • To ensure their charity is accountable

You can also read more details about these on the Charity Commission website.

Why become a trustee?

Do you:

  • want to make a difference in your community?
  • have a cause that you're passionate about?
  • have a particular skill or knowledge that could benefit others?
  • want to gain new skills and knowledge from others?
  • want to improve your CV?

Thousands of people in Powys volunteer their time supporting local charities and community groups as trustees and committee members. In these short video clips, some of them talk about their reasons for getting involved, and what they get out of being a trustee.

What is the role of a trustee like?

In this longer clip, a trustee from Powys Samaritans talks about his experiences in the role and gives some advice to potential future trustees.

Support for new trustees

The Charity Commission’s charity trustee welcome pack is sent to new trustees of registered charities and is also relevant for new trustees of other types of charitable organisations.

PAVO offers support for new and experienced trustees in the form of training and advice. For details see ‘Resources for trustees’

To find out more

If you're interested in becoming a trustee and need some more information or support, get in touch with us.
01597 822191

Where to find us

Llandrindod Wells Office

Unit 30
Ddole Road Industrial Estate
Llandrindod Wells

01597 822 191

Newtown Office

Plas Dolerw
Milford Road
SY16 2EH

01686 626 220

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