A new guide to develop the next generation of charity leaders launches today.
The Young Trustees Guide, published by CAF, aims to change the face of charity trustee boards given
that only two per cent of charities have a young trustee serving. This is despite the fact that 85 per cent
of people aged under 35 would consider becoming a charity trustee. The guide is aimed at unlocking
The recommendations are backed by the Charity Commission and charity leaders across the UK.
The key highlights are:
It is based on the findings of the Young Trustee Survey launched by CAF last year in partnership with
Leon Ward, a trustee at Plan UK and Brook. Charity trustees and Chairs provide valuable insights which
are included in the guide.
One chair said having young trustees "energises the committee to think differently".
John Low, CAF CEO said: "Charities would benefit from tapping into the potential of young people, the majority of
whom would consider becoming a trustee.
“Existing charity trustees should seek out and nurturing charity leaders of the future, and this guide is our
contribution to that effort.
“This is the path to ensuring the UK’s most vital and valued charities organisations are in safe hands for
generations to come.”
“Surely we can move on from current practice where the average age of British trustees is 57.”
Paula Sussex, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission said: "A board’s strength lies in its collective
skills and perspectives.
"To understand the charities beneficiaries properly and serve them effectively, it needs a diverse range of
people from a variety of backgrounds and experience.
"Trustees should particularly consider the benefits young people can bring to the boardroom such as
new talents and fresh perspective.
"In return, trusteeship is an excellent way for young people to learn new skills and progress professionally."
Leon, 23, based in Cardiff, teamed up with CAF to write the guide. He said: "This isn't just about appointing
young trustees but it is about nurturing and harnessing the talent of future givers, philanthropists, thought leaders, chief executives and charity staff.
Posted 8 September 2015