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How many trustees should charity have?

How many trustees should a charity have?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question in England & Wales - the board of trustees quite simply should be the right size to govern effectively.

The first port of call when looking at this query should be the Charity's governing document - where rules governing the minimum and maximum size of a board are usually set out.

It would be unusual for a Charity here is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ size of board. A board

should be large enough to ensure that there are enough people with the

range of skills needed to carry out the board’s work. But also small

enough to ensure that trustees can work together as a team with each

fully participating in decision-making. The voluntary Charity Governance Code suggests a board of at least five but no more than twelve trustees is typically considered good practice.


review of trustee board size might lead some charities to change their

governing document. Any changes to the governing document and

accompanying rules must be carried out in accordance with the law and

the provisions in the existing governing document.

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