This is a follow-up on Carol Jackson's earlier post asking Will it really take 70 years to achieve gender-balanced boardrooms in the UK? - timely, as the deadline for nominations for the 2013 RSA Trustee board elections is coming up on the 17th of July: what you need to know.
Now, I had the opportunity to speak to Alex Swallow FRSA, Chief Exec of the Small Charities Coalition and also founder of Young Charity Trustees about the role of Trustees in general and why he thinks charities should look to involve young people in specific at the governance level.
The questions in detail - with Alex' answers in a nutshell (see the video for more):
What do Trustees do?
Alex: Trustees are the people who provide the governance of an organisations, in this case a charity - and they are the people who are trying to deal with the strategic intentions of the organisation.
Why have young Trustees?
Alex: There is a lot of talent out there. Charities need skills and sometimes struggle to get enough applicants. Widening the pool of applicants makes sense.
- Are you a Fellow in good standing and willing to stand? We are looking to fill three elected posts on the RSA Trustee Board, to serve for three years as three current trustees are due to retire. You can find out more about the Trustee Board Elections 2013: What you need to know, and about how boards work linked below.
- Want to encourage somebody else to stand? If they are a Fellow in good standing, be sure to share this with them – there is a Tweet button at the top… email also works
- Not sure – want to know more about the implications of being a Trustee? Our partner, the Coalition for Efficiency, has put together a handy small guide (PDF) that’ll answer the most frequently asked questions around being a Trustee of a charity – and the Charity Commission of course also has more information.