Who are the trustees? Trustees are:  full voting members of the governing body (management committee)  entrusted with the assets (money, property, equipment) of the organisation  directed to operate within a formal set of rules

Being a trustee is a form of volunteering. Except in exceptional circumstances, and where allowed by the organisation’s constitution, trustees are not paid and may not receive any personal gain from their role. They should also not be out of pocket for the work they do and should receive payment to cover any expenses. The role is usually not permanent. Most trustees serve for an agreed period of time at the end of which they will need to stand for reelection or take a break from the role. It is a good idea for trustees to consider re-election carefully to avoid the group becoming over reliant on one person and to allow new people to come in with fresh skills and ideas