We should all do our bit for trustee diversity

Charities and employers both have a role to play in encouraging and supporting young trustees.

A welcome aspect of this year’s Trustees’ Week on 12-17 November is the focus on youth – in particular the ‘Young Trustee’ campaign to get 250 charities to pledge to recruit a young person to their board.

The need for an initiative like this was highlighted in last year’s Taken on Trust report, which showed that the average age of trustees is 60-62, that 64% are male and 92% white. The research is based on trustees in England and Wales only, but there’s no reason to believe the situation in Scotland is significantly different.

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