Governance, Trustees

Key Guides: The Charity Trustee's Handbook

This guide is ideal for anyone thinking of becoming a charity trustee, or who is new to the role.

This book is now available to pre-order. Books will be shipped on the 5th September.

This guide has been fully updated for current best governance practice. It includes new material on risk management, board self-assessments, external reviews, codes of conduct and good practice, with extra advice for charities working internationally.

You’ll learn about your basic responsibilities, how to be more effective and how to bring your own skills to the trustee board to improve the charity’s impact.

Who should buy this book?

This is essential reading for anyone wanting to make the most of their role as a trustee, or those wanting to find out more about becoming one.

What does it cover?

The Charity Trustee’s Handbook is part of the ‘Key Guides’ series: condensed pocket books for those new to the subject or who want core subject information.

  • How to be a good trustee who gets things done.
  • The truth about the responsibilities of trustee boards.
  • How to forward plan and manage a charity’s senior staff.
  • Understanding the latest legal requirements for charities and trustees.

‘This satnav for trusteeship is a valuable tool and a true must-read publication.’ Andrew Hind, Professor of Charity Governance, Cass Business School and former CEO, Charity Commission


‘Should be compulsory reading for new board members and enjoy a prominent place on the bookshelves of third sector chief executives.’ Amazon review


‘Such a useful and user-friendly guide for all trustees and those that work with charity boards.’ Karen Heenan, Chief Executive, Charity Trustee Networks

About the author

Mike Eastwood

Mike is currently Diocesan Secretary in the diocese of Liverpool and Director of Operations for Liverpool Cathedral. He is also a trustee of Merseyside Community Foundation and the Church Urban Fund. Mike was chief executive of the Directory of Social Change from 1995 to 2001, chair of trustees for the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, a member of the Advisory Council to the Charities Aid Foundation and a trustee for Liverpool Council for Social Service.

Mike is author of The Charity Trustee’s Handbook and co-author of  Writing Better Fundraising Applicationsfor Directory of Social Change.

Jacqueline Williams

Jacqueline Williams is a qualified accountant (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and lawyer who has worked for Touche Ross Sea Containers Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a visiting fellow with Cass Business School, part of City of London University. Jacqueline has a Masters in Corporate Governance and Ethics.

Buy multiple copies for your board and executive team and benefit from our bulk purchase discount scheme.

This book is now available to pre-order. Books will be shipped on the 5th September.

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