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Use this page to learn about how you can develop trustees skills.
An effective board of trustees should be able to draw on a diverse range of skills, knowledge, qualities and experience to help it fulfil its roles. These might include:
Trustees also have a responsibility to act collectively to fulfil their duties.
A trustee board can identify the skills, knowledge, qualities and experience each trustee brings by carrying out a 'skills audit'.
A skills audit is a systematic way of collecting information about the attributes of each trustee and avoids making assumptions about why a trustee has joined the board and what they can offer.
This can help identify gaps for future trustee board recruitment.
Skills audits can also help trustees identify gaps in their own knowledge and can help the board plan future learning and training opportunities for trustees and identify when professional advice is going to be needed.
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Each trustee will have different support and development needs and will want to meet those needs in different ways. Support, development and training can involve:
Skills audit or appraisals can help trustees identify their support needs.
Learn more about adopting an inclusive culture and set of practices by reading our guidance on equity diversity and inclusion at board level.
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