Charity Trustee Networks to combat 'negative perceptions' of governance

Potential recruits may be put off by myths, says trustees' organisation

Charity Trustee Networks, the national organisation for trustees, has launched a questionnaire to combat negative perceptions about becoming a charity trustee.

The organisation wants to gather evidence emphasising the positive aspects of trusteeship because it is concerned that negative perceptions are affecting the ability of charities to recruit good trustees.

Rodney Buse, chair of CTN, said: "It may be that many potential trustees are being put off before they've even started by talk about liabilities, losing their houses, red tape and regulations."

He said CTN wanted to address the imbalance but needed more evidence from trustees about their experiences on charity boards.

"We are convinced that being a trustee is, for most people, a very positive experience, and that focusing on the good aspects of it would encourage more people from all walks of life to become trustees," he said.

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