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Trustees: Appointment, powers, duties and responsibilities

Trustees have extensive powers over how a church or Christian charity operates. But with power comes responsibility and expectations. This paper - which forms part of a series on trustees - looks at the appointment, powers, duties and responsibilities of trustees, drawing heavily on the Charity Governance code and Charity Commission CC3 - the essential trustee.

Topics covered:

  • The appointment and length of appointment of trustees;
  • The legal definition of a trustee;
  • Trustees and collective decision making;
  • The Charity Governance Code;
  • CC3 - The Essential Trustee - guidance issued by the Charity Commission - with a church slant;
  • The seven duties of trustees as set out by the Charity Commission in its guidance CC3, 'The Essential Trustee'.