Becoming a Trustee

Charities exist to create a better society and are united by their vision of a world without poverty, cruelty, disease, injustice or inequality. Charities have long been a mainspring of positive social change. Behind them stand their Trustees, who have the ultimate responsibility for running them.

You are probably reading this because you are interested in becoming a Trustee. At Compass Disability Services your skills and energy will help to make a difference to other disabled people. The Charities Act 2011 defines Trustees as ‘…The persons having the general control and management of the administration of a charity’ The Charity Commission identifies that Trustees have, and must accept, ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of their charity, ensuring it is solvent and well run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it was set up.

Compass Disability Services Trustees will need to:

  • Ensure compliance with governing documents
  • Have a detailed understanding of the organisations mission, values and aims
  • Develop strategy
  • Establish and monitor policies
  • Ensure accountability
  • Ensure Compliance with the law
  • Maintain proper fiscal oversight
  • Select and support the Chief Executive Officer
  • Respect the role of staff
  • Maintain effective board performance
  • Promote the organisation


Full details of the roles and responsibilities of a Trustee can be found at the foot of this page.

No specific qualifications are necessary; however Trustees must make decisions collectively, but are both jointly and individually liable. It is therefore important that trustees act in line with the governing document, the legal and regulatory framework and should seek professional guidance on those situations that are beyond the reasonable knowledge and competence of the board.

The Board meets on the first Tuesday of every 3 months between 10am and 2.30pm approximately.

Being a Trustee can be hard work, but trusteeship should be rewarding and provide many opportunities for personal development. As you give your skills to the running of the charity, you will at the same time gather new skills and experience.

You would of course be joining a team of Trustees. The team is diverse and has a good mix of skills with people who understand the needs to be served, and others with business and management experience.

To be a Trustee you will need to declare that:

  • I am over age 18.
  • I am not an undischarged bankrupt.
  • I have not previously been removed from trusteeship of a charity by a Court or the Charity Commission.
  • I am not under a disqualification order under the Company Directors' Disqualification Act 1986.
  • I have not been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty (unless the conviction is spent).
  • I am, in the light of the above, not disqualified by the Charities Act 2011 from acting as a charity trustee.
  • I undertake to fulfill my responsibilities and duties as a trustee of Compass Disability Services in good faith and in accordance with the law and within Compass Disability Services’ objectives / mission.
  • I do not have any financial interests in conflict with those of the Compass Disability Services’ (either in person or through family or business connections) except those which I have formally notified in a conflict of interest statement. I will specifically notify any such interest at any meeting where trustees are required to make a decision which affects my personal interests, and I will absent myself entirely from any decision on the matter and not vote on it.


If you would like to apply to become a Trustee, please complete and return an Application form and Equal Opportunities monitoring form that can be found below. You will also find ‘Trustee Application Guidelines’ that you should read before completing your forms.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact Richard Pitman, CEO on 01823 282823.

Roles & Responsibilities of a Trustee
Trustee Application Guidelines
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form