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Taken on Trust. The Awareness and Effectiveness of Charity Trustees in England and Wales

Report
November 2016
The Charity Commission, Cass Business School, Worshipful Company of Management Consultants
Recent articles have suggested that charities find  increasingly difficult to identify and recruit new trustees, and that a significant proportion of existing trustees (27%) are considering resignation in the light of the undue pressure they feel put upon them.
 
Despite recent attempts to study trusteeship, the actual level of trustees’ awareness of their responsibilities and competencies remains a matter of conjecture.
 
This impacts negatively on the ability of policy makers and others to respond effectively with programmes designed to promote greater awareness and understanding of the role and responsibilities of trustees moving forward.