Our experience of recruiting Governors (trustees)
In July 2012 our Board of Governors decided to recruit and appoint additional Governors. Discussions about succession had been taking place over several years, but without a consensus on how to approach it. Previous appointments had tended to follow the common model of existing trustees suggesting people they knew. The Board decided to adopt a more open process - described below. We repeated this model in 2014 and again in 2016. Our experience has been wholly positive. Although time consuming we have, on each occasion, met a wide variety of skilled, fascinating people we would not have otherwise encountered. As a result we have been able to make some excellent appointments.
You will find below an outline of the approach we adopted, and to the right the materials we used. We are sharing our experience in the hope that doing so may be of use to similar organisations.
On each occasion we advertised widely, arranged a number of evening information events, short-listed and interviewed and appointed.
We were overwhelmed by the scale and the quality of the interest shown and are very grateful indeed to everyone involved. Overall, over the three cycles we have run, we found more appointable candidates than we had vacancies. We were sorry to disappoint applicants, but very heartened that such skilled and generous people exist.
"I really enjoyed your information evening, which I was not expecting. I particularly enjoyed the sense of humour, proportion and passion to make a difference that positively glowed from you all..."
2015/16 booklet. Click image to open
2012 booklet. Click image to open