Service aims to help people become trustees

Trustee support charity Getting on Board is setting up a brokerage service to help people in work to become charity trustees, school governors or board members of public bodies.

The project will be funded by a £30,000 donation from ethical accountancy organisation the General Charitable Trust of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

“Many of our members are involved with charities as trustees and treasurers, and have a close affinity with the objects of Getting on Board,” said Henry Gold, the master of the company.

“We expect to take an active part in helping to achieve these objects by widening the charity’s circle of contacts among both employers and voluntary organisations.”

Getting on Board visits companies and gives seminars on trusteeship. Interested parties are then asked to fill in forms stating their experience, skill and interests, and GoB comes back with three suggested charities.

Sarah Hodgkinson, chief executive of the charity, said the donation would make a big difference to what the charity was able to do. “I know of people who, 18 months ago, said they would like to be trustees but then sat on their hands and did nothing,” she said. “We recently offered them options and they jumped at the opportunity. People just don’t know where to start looking.”

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