The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do (CC3)
What's required of a charity trustee, including your responsibilities to your charity.
Ref: CC3-PDF PDF, 687KB, 40 pages
Ref: CC3W-PDF PDF, 705KB, 40 pages
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Charity trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. They may be called trustees, the board, the management committee, governors, directors or something else.
This guidance explains what being a trustee involves, including:
- what trustees do
- who can be a trustee and how trustees are appointed
- their legal responsibilities
- specific trustee roles of chair and treasurer
You should read this guidance if you are:
- a trustee of any charity based in England or Wales
- thinking about setting up a charity or becoming a trustee in England or Wales
For a briefer overview, see Charity trustee: what’s involved (CC3a).
Published: 1 March 2012
Updated: 10 July 2015
- The commission has published updated guidance for trustees that takes account of the feedback from the CC3 consultation.
- First published.