Charity Commission – Essential Trustee Info

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Charity Commission - Essential Trustee Info

This guidance explains the key duties of all trustees of charities in England and Wales, and what trustees
need to do to carry out these duties competently.
Trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, a charity’s management and
administration. They play a very important role, almost always unpaid, in a sector that contributes
significantly to the character and wellbeing of the country.
Trusteeship can be rewarding for many reasons - from a sense of making a difference to the charitable
cause, to new experiences and relationships. It’s also likely to be demanding of your time, skills, knowledge
and abilities. Being aware of the duties and responsibilities covered in this guidance will help you carry
out your role in a way that not only serves your charity well but also gives you confidence that you will be
complying with key requirements of the law.
You should read this guidance if you are a trustee of any charity based in England or Wales, including:
• a registered charity
• a charity that is not required by law to register
• a charity that is required to register, but has not yet done so
You should also read this guidance if you are thinking about setting up a charity or becoming a trustee in
England or Wales.

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