The obligations and responsibilities of being a trustee have been underlined and emphasized in recent years, so that the role is not taken as lightly as it may have been in the past. But it is an interesting, intellectually challenging and important role and is a good way of putting past experience and wisdom to work for the benefit of others.
It is increasingly usual for trustees to be paid but not, some might say, at a rate which carries much resemblance to the obligations and responsibilities.
Training for trustees is offered by a number of professional firms, some of whom also operate informal introduction agencies for those seeking to find trustees.
Role and Duties of a trustee:-
see http://www.reachskills.org.uk/trusteeworks-for-volunteers information from Reach, who help skilled volunteers find a challenging and rewarding trustee opportunity.
List of firms offering training:-
Barnett Waddingham http://www.barnett-waddingham.co.uk/about/events/trustee-training/
Hewitt Bacon & Woodrow http://www.hewittassociates.com/Lib/assets/EU/en-GB/pdfs/top_trustee.pdf
Punter Southall http://www.puntersouthall.com/trustee-training
Towers Watson http://www.towerswatson.com/events/tool/render.asp?evtid=12429&page=7
Aviva Investors' "Investment Tutor" has internet access to training guides for trustees http://www.investmenttutor.com/about_us/index.htm
On-line training programme from the National Association of Pension Funds:
The Governance Hub, a partnership of 9 voluntary organisations hosted by NCVO, runs a programme of training and events and conferences to support the skills of trustees.
If you are interested to serve on a trustee board or are looking to strengthen your board, see http://www.trustees-unlimited.co.uk/ ,
a joint venture between Bates Wells and Braithwaite, Russam GMS and NCVO, all of whom are specialist in third sector work. I'm told that it doesn't charge a fee to potential trustees for their matching service!
Free elearning programme from the Pensions Regulator for pension fund trustees: see
Relate, which is UK's largest provider ot relationship counselling and sex therapy, has branches throughout UK each of which is a seperate charity with its own trustees. If you are interested to become a trustee for Relate . See http://www.relate.org.uk/become-a-trustee/index.html
For 'good governance advice and information for charity trustees' there is now a bi-monthly journal www.charitygovernance.co.uk
For trustee jobs on offer see http://jobs.thirdsector.co.uk/jobs/trusteeschair/?
For trustee and board jobs in London (Kensington and Chelsea) see http://www.voluntarywork.org.uk/volunteering/search/interest//activity/39/page/1
http://www.nonexecutives-unlimited.co.uk/currentvacancies.html, which carries ads for trustees as wwell as for non executive directors.