Working one-to-one with trustees
This guide aims to help Chairs work more effectively with their individual trustees. It offers tips on working with trustees from the recruitment stage, during their time on the board, through to them moving on.
Trustees have different motivations for joining a board. We bring different life experiences, perspectives and skills. We have different ideas about what we are willing to contribute and what being a good trustee means.
Too often trustees don’t understand what is expected of them, feel unappreciated, or feel they don’t achieve much by attending meetings. Paying individual attention to your trustees can go a long way to making them feel supported and valued, and to enable them to give their best.
As Chair, it helps to get to know the individuals on your board and support them to thrive and contribute.
The trustee cycle
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What your trustees will need from you and your organisation will change as they progress through this cycle. A lot of the time you will be working with trustees who are already in post, in this case the emphasis will be on motivating and developing them, and when the time is right, managing their departure.
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