Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, a charity’s management and administration. They play a very important role, almost always unpaid, in a sector that contributes significantly to the character and wellbeing of the country.

Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons – from a sense of making a difference to the charitable cause, to new experiences and relationships. It’s also likely to be demanding of your time, skills, knowledge, and abilities. Being aware of the duties and responsibilities covered in this guide will help you carry out your role in a way that not only serves your charity well but also gives you confidence that you will be complying with key requirements of the law.

More importantly, was a definition given by long time BNTVA activist and Trustee: 

The job title is the key, Trustee, it starts with ‘Trust’ and that is the be-all and end-all.

Bob Smith

What Bob was saying was that Trustees are people trusted by the beneficiaries of a charity to operate the charity within its aims and objectives. People who work together with trust in each other. People who are trusted by society to run the charity within the legal framework of the country.

If a charity has someone working within who breaches these bonds of trust then the organisation becomes damaged, this is a common issue amongst many charities. The NCCF has undertaken several activities to minimise the potential for such a situation to arise in the future, indeed our regular checks and balances serve to provide early indicators should a trustee not be achieving their expected level of trust and responsibility. This enables the charity to work with the person to resolve issues and maintain the high level of service we currently enjoy.

NCCF Trustees Now
Trustees in the NCCF currently enjoy a supported journey into trusteeship. We have developed a training programme to ensure all new trustees are equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitude, and behaviour essential to their role.

All trustees are provided with secure laptops which access the NCCF Intranet system ‘BeHub’. The system is a complete communication and interaction hub for the charity. Since the early days of the pandemic, all our activity has been conducted on the BeHub system with Trustees, Contractors and Business Partners all taking to the online world.

As you will read in other articles, BH Associates have been very supportive in developing tools and integrations which have facilitated our evolution into a fully functioning environmentally friendly, forward-facing organisation providing comprehensive and expanding service to our beneficiaries.

We have not abandoned physical meetings and look to get together as soon as it is safe to do so. The benefit of camaraderie and personal contact enhance inclusion and creativity within the organisation. Because the day-to-day work is now conducted online we have more free time to devote to enhancing these facets.

The total time commitment of the average NCCF trustee is two to three hours a month. Some trustees undertake roles like managing the finances or running specific projects and they give more time to the charity.

Aside from the basic training and guidance given to every trustee, there is a wealth of training and support available within the charity sector and the NCCF is keen to support and sponsor trustees who wish to explore and benefit from this type of developmental activity.

New Trustees
The NCCF needs to recruit new trustees for it to be able to continue its charitable functions. Being funded for an initial 15 years and the prospect of gaining further funding to both increase activity scope and range means that the organisation is on it for the long haul. To make that journey we need new input from new trustees. 

We have a very good representation of trustees from within the beneficiary pool which is approved by the Charity Commission however we do need to recruit people with broader experience or even people keen to develop such abilities and knowledge within the charity sector.

If you are interested or know of someone who may like to become a trustee please get in contact with us.

Basic Conditions of Trusteeship

  • You must be at least 16 years old to be a trustee of the NCCF CIO
  • You must be properly appointed following the procedures and any restrictions in the charity’s governing document
  • The initial appointment is for three years subject to review following the initial twelve months.

You must not act as a trustee if you are disqualified unless authorised to do so by a waiver from the Charities Commission. The reasons for disqualification are shown in the disqualifying reasons table and include:

  • Being bankrupt (undischarged) or having an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA)
  • Having an unspent conviction for certain offences (including any that involve dishonesty or deception)
  • Being on the sex offenders’ register

The full guidance can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/automatic-disqualification-rules-for-charity-trustees-and-charity-senior-positions

Contact the NCCF via
Email: office@thenccf.org
Telephone: 0115 888 3442

Or write to:
NCCF
PO Box 8244
Castle Donington
DE74 2BY

* From the Charity Commission Guide ‘The Essential Trustee’: