Diversity & Inclusion
10 ways diversity can make your board more effective
- New trustees can bring new expertise such as marketing, finance or IT knowledge.
- Younger trustees can revitalize an aging board and ensure continuity.
- Trustees drawn from service users bring a practical perspective on organisational decisions.
- The inclusion of minority, disabled, young and other kinds of trustees frequently forces the board to change the way meetings and information are structured, often for the better.
- Trustees from different backgrounds can give the board useful contacts, networks and access to communities.
- The governance discipline needed to support a more diverse board improves board practice overall.
- A more inclusive board broadens the conversation and offers the opportunity for all trustees to learn new and unexpected things.
- Trustees from regional branches and other countries help the group keep the interests of distant stakeholders in mind.
- After going through diversity training, the board is better equipped to support diversity efforts in the rest of the organisation.
- A board that demonstrates diversity by including a range of ages, sexes, races, skills and background commands confidence