Guidance due on finding trustees

The Charity Commission and the Institute for Philanthropy are both set to publish advice to charities on recruiting trustees that emphasises the importance of advertising and transparency.

The commission's guidance will be published in May and contains evidence that recruiting by wider means than "word of mouth" helps get the right people in.

Rosie Chapman, policy director at the commission, said it would contain do's and don'ts. "The positive impact of widening the process shines through as a key tenet," she said.

The Institute for Philanthropy is publishing a handbook for chairs of trustee boards containing advice on recruitment. "It may not be as simple as ABC, but it does start with advertising," said institute deputy director Beth Breeze.

The advice comes against a background of new legal requirements for transparency in trustee recruitment and anecdotal evidence of resistance to open recruitment at some bodies.

- See Hot Issue, page 23.

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