From 1 April 2020, the names of all charity trustees will be displayed to the public on the charity register. The Charity Commission maintains the register of charities and makes the register available to the public. Trusteeship is a serious responsibility and displaying a trustee’s name to the public allows for accountability.

In special circumstances however the commission can prevent a trustee’s name from being made public on the charity register. In particular, where there are personal circumstances or collective reasons which might place trustees in personal danger. This is known as granting a dispensation.

The commission has extended the date for changes to public display names from September to April.