On 10 July 2015 the Charity Commission issued its new guidance, “The Essential Trustee”, which sets out the key duties of all trustees of charities in England and Wales, and what trustees need to do to carry out these duties competently.

The guidance explains what being a trustee involves, including:

  • what trustees do,
  • who can be a trustee and how trustees are appointed,
  • trustees legal responsibilities and
  • the specific trustee roles of chair and treasurer.

The Charity Commission expects trustees to take their responsibilities seriously and suggests that following the good practice specified in the new guidance will help trustees to run charities effectively, avoid difficulties and comply with their legal duties.

To view the full guidance, please click here.