Mind the Gap
The Charity Commission is marking National Trustees' Week by encouraging charities to carry out a skills audit of their trustee boards.
By calling on charities to 'mind the gap', the Commission wants charities to consider what skills and knowledge are needed on their boards and whether those competencies are available amongst their current trustees. Trustees may possess the requisite skills through education, employment experience, family background or general interests.
As the Commission outlines in its press release, "Building a picture of the skills of the current board is essential to ascertain whether the trustees have the knowledge and experience needed to meet the goals of the charity, or whether they need further support and resources to help run their organisation effectively." It recommends such audits are regularly undertaken and that trustees are offered training if skills gaps are identified. Additional resources should be brought in if training cannot fill the gaps and charities should also keep the required skills in mind when vacancies arise on their boards.
If your charity has identified a particular skills gap and believe that training would help, Blake Morgan offers dedicated training courses for charity trustees. We run regular sessions on trustees duties and can also offer sessions tailored to your organisation's individual needs.
To read the Charity Commission's press release, please click here.