Getting started

This short guide from THCVS (October 2015) summarises some of the key legal steps and obligations that you will need to understand if you decide to set up a new community group, voluntary organisation or social enterprise.

This Introduction to Governance from Knowhow NonProfit describes the key principles of governance and highlights a range of further reading.  Use the list on the left hand side of the page to navigate through the topics.

Before becoming a trustee or recruiting new board members, take a look at Charity Trustee: What's Involved from the Charity Commission.  Short and to the point, it helps new and existing trustees to understand their roles and provides links to lots of other useful guidance.

For more in-depth information, the Charity Commission's 'Essential Trustee'  is a vital guide for both new and existing trustees.  Clear and comprehensive, it covers everything you're likely to need. 

Introductions and overviews

The DIY Committee Guide is a highly recommended online resource from Northern Ireland 

The Governance Pages have not been updated in a while but contain a lot of interesting case studies, including videos from trustees sharing their experiences

Codes of Conduct for Trustees from the Small Charities Coalition gives guidance on how develop a code to suit your own board

Acevo's section on governance is useful for staff and trustees alike

Recruiting trustees

This trustee recruitment guide from Reach is comprehensive and clear

Trustee Finder, a collbaboration between Do-It and the Small Charities Coalition, can help you find new board members 

Finding New Trustees is a 2012 publication from the Charity Commission that looks at recruitment and induction for new board members

This Governance Healthcheck from Wales Council for Voluntary Action will help you to review the effectiveness and skills of your board