Skills audits are becoming more common for boards as trustees reflect upon the changing circumstances in which their charity is working.
A common developing theme is the need to keep up to date with changes in the external environment.
Many skills audits result in the identification of skills gaps that were not so evident in the past. The ability to understand and assess the impact of advances in communications technology features strongly as a higher skills need, together with the need to assess the implications of changes in the political and financial climate.
The ability to be highly responsive to the external environment is increasing in importance, as is the desire for many charities to be proactive and to influence the external circumstances in which they work.
In the past, skills identified as necessary often included finance, fundraising, governance and human resources. To these can now be added a mixture of skills that improve all forms of communication.
Charities that are unsighted on new developments or are unable to influence their stakeholders effectively will increasingly find themselves disadvantaged.