Survey highlights lack of public understanding about the role of trustees

Research by the charity Getting on Board finds more than half of respondents do not know what a trustee is

Sarah Hodgkinson, chief executive of Getting on Board
Sarah Hodgkinson, chief executive of Getting on Board

More than half of British adults do not know what a charity trustee is, according to new research from the charity Getting on Board.

The charity, which supports and encourages board-level volunteering, surveyed 2,012 people at the end of October.

Fifty-one per cent said they did not know what a charity trustee was.

The survey also found that 21 per cent of respondents would like to sit on the board of a charity. However, when asked whether they would like to be a charity trustee, only 12 per cent said yes.

Twenty-eight per cent of respondents aged between 18 and 34 said they were interested in joining the board of a charity, compared with 15 per cent of those aged over 55.

Sarah Hodgkinson, chief executive of Getting on Board, said: "Charities need to work together to ensure that the wider public have a better understanding of what a trustee is, to help take advantage of the broad range of valuable skills available."

The study was carried out to mark Trustees Week, which is taking place this week.

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