National Occupational Standards for Trustees set out the skills that trustees and management committee members should have as well as what they should know and understand in order to govern their organisations well.

The National Occupational Standards for Trustees have been written by a group of people who have direct experience of governing voluntary sector organisations. Read about how you can use the National Occupational Standards for Trustees or download the standards from this page.

National Occupational Standards for Trustees

Download the National Occupational Standards for Trustees (.PDF, 88Kb).

Resources for trustees

National Occupational Standards don’t describe ‘how’ you should govern an organisation. Instead they set out ‘what’ you need to do and the things you need to know and understand. Other voluntary sector organisations provide information and guidance on how you can govern an organisation effectively.

Resources for trustees and management committee members

The following publications, websites and courses provide advice to trustees in charities, social enterprises, community and voluntary organisations on how to govern successfully. If you have suggestions for other resources we should publish on this page contact our website editor.


ACEVO has publications, resources and training for trustees covering aspects of good governance from support to CEOs to finding trustees. ACEVO also offers governance reviews to voluntary sector organisations to help them assess the effectiveness of their boards, CEOs and trustees.

Charity Commission

Charity Commission is the charity regulator for England and Wales and provides advice and guidance on setting up and managing a charity. Publishes a number of guides on charity governance including The Essential Trustee: What you need to know.


Directory of Social Change has a number of publications that provide advice and guidance on leadership, governance and organisational development topics.


ICSA (The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) provides resources, training and consultancy to support professionals responsible for governance and compliance in organisations and businesses.


Runs events and provides consultancy and training on governance and leadership topics to voluntary sector organisations.


NCVO has developed the Good Governance Code which can be used in conjunction with the National Occupational Standards for Trustees.

The NCVO Governance and Leadership team has a large range of resources for governance and leadership including publications, events, training and forums. The team has produced a National Occupational Standards Toolkit for Trustees and a Guide for smaller organisations on how they can use the National Occupational Standards in practice.It also runs TrusteeBank which carries details of trustee vacancies and provides opportunities and advice to organisations wanting to recruit volunteers.