“If you are a director of a charity, a member of a charity board, or on a charity management committee, you are a charity trustee with legal duties,” Charities Regulator interim Chief Executive Helen Martin said. “Charity trustees are the people who ultimately exercise control over, and are legally responsible for, the charity. If you have that role in your charity, you are a charity trustee.”
One of the key functions of the Charities Regulator is to encourage and facilitate the better administration and management of charities. Charity trustees play a key role in this regard. However, staff from the Charities Regulator regularly speak to people who do not realise that they are a charity trustee and so are unaware of their legal duties and the help which is available to them.
“The Charities Regulator has produced a range of guidance documents and supports for charity trustees, which are available from our website,” Ms Martin said. We have established a dedicated 'Who is a Charity Trustee?' page on the 'Information for Charities' section of our website for this material.