Diversifying your trustee board

Azra Raja
Author's position
Inclusion Development Worker
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Diversifying your trustee board is an important way to reflect your work, ambitions and the community your organisation serves. Taken on Trust reports that research undertaken by the Charity Commission found:

  • Only 8% of trustees are non-white compared with 14% of the UK population.
  • 7 out of 10 trustees are men and the median age is 61 years.

It also estimates that only 0.5% of the trustee population is made up of 18–24 year-olds. In addition, this data is only based on limited demographic information, which means there are important elements of diversity not covered in the research.

Just 2.9% of trustees are women of colour

Action for Trustee Racial Diversity UK found that just 2.9% of trustees are women of colour. Their campaign, supported by key organisations such as ACEVO, Association of Chairs, NCVO and the small Charities Coalition, is promoting practical steps to address this significant and long standing under-representation of people from Black and Asian backgrounds on charity trustee boards across the UK. They aim to provide charities with knowledge, resources, toolkits, network and specialist advice to enable trustees to take practical steps to increase the diversity of their boards.

New inclusion project for Reading’s voluntary sector

RVA will be supporting the sector under its new inclusion project and this will include regular updates on inclusion-related news and resources, and work on a new Inclusion Framework for charity managers and trustees in Reading – more information to follow.

Please contact RVA’s Inclusion Development Worker Azra Raja by emailing azra.raja@rva.org.uk if you have any questions or would like help in finding inclusion resources in the meantime. Read more about the new inclusion project in Azra’s introductory article.

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