Trustee Awareness Research 2017

Trustee Awareness Research

Our new report (launched November 2017) in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants provides the most comprehensive picture of trusteeship in a generation, and recommends that charity boards do more to promote diversity and encourage applications from trustees from non-traditional backgrounds.

The research also finds that charity trustees, who are overwhelmingly volunteers, feel positively about their role and about the personal reward and satisfaction it gives them. It also highlights that trustees' contribution to charities amounts to a monetary equivalent of around £3.5 billion a year.

The report was commissioned by the Charity Commission and the Office for Civil Society and was partly funded by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. The authors are Professor Stephen Lee, Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, Dr Bob Harris, Pro-bono Consultant, Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, Nikki Stickland, Charity Commission, and Silvani Pesenti, Cass Business School.

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Encouraging diversity might be achieved through implementation of a national campaign, supported and promoted by government and the Charity Commission, promoting the worth of charity trusteeship and the benefits it delivers to clients and beneficiaries, to society at large and to those who act as trustees themselves.

Stephen Lee, Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School