Helping Charities with Recruitment

ICSA publishes guidance to help charities with recruitment

The ICSA guidance was written to provide those responsible for or involved in the governance of a charity with detailed information on how to recruit and appoint charity trustees.

‘As the Charity Governance Code (2017) states, every charity should be ‘headed by an effective board that provides strategic leadership in line with the charity’s aims and values.’ says Louise Thomson, Head of Policy (Not for Profit) at ICSA: The Governance Institute.

  • References should be taken to verify the experiences and skills of the candidate and to check any other matters that may have arisen in the course of the recruitment procedure
  • A full and tailored programme of induction should be designed to enable new trustees to make the maximum contribution as quickly as possible. At the end trustees should be absolutely clear what is expected of them, and where to turn for help and guidance when required
  • After the recruitment, appointment and induction of trustees, the board should commit to undertake ongoing training and development to ensure that their knowledge is up to date and relevant.

ICSA’s Charity Trustee Recruitment guidance can be downloaded at