Board Diversity

A diverse range of individuals can make a board or committee stronger and much more effective.  The resources below provide practical guidance for embracing diversity in all its many forms.

Image courtesy of Wycombe Homeless Connection

Diversity in Governance: the what, why and how

This paper from NPC outlines what it means to have a truly diverse board of trustees and what it brings to an organisation. It explores how to manage and maintain a diverse board.

How to recruit trustees for your charity: a practical guide

This is a comprehensive eight step guide to recruiting trustees from Getting on Board.  Pages 17-18 address how organisations should move beyond the skills that are required to also discuss what diversity of experience, social and geographical background, and protected characteristics would enhance their boards.

Who is sitting round your board table?

Excellent guidance from Janet Thorne, Chief Executive at Reach Volunteering, about what helps, and also hinders, the recruitment of a strong, diverse Board.

Board diversity and inclusivity

Tips from the 2018 Charity Governance Awards judges and videos demonstrating how charities have actively embraced diversity.

Read about SignHealth, the 2019 winner of the Board Diversity and Inclusivity category.

Racial diversity in the charity sector - principles and recruitment practice

A report by ACEVO and the Institute of Fundraising urges charities to prioritise increasing diversity in their workforces in order to prevent groupthink, generate more income, operate more creatively and attract the best talent.


Charities: inclusive governance

This research from Inclusive Boards highlights that whilst the gender gap at board level is narrow compared to other sectors, there is still an imbalance at the top compared to the overall make-up of the workforce.

Walking the talk on diversity

This research briefing from NPC presents its findings on:

  • What’s holding the charity sector back from improving its diversity
  • How we can increase diversity and inclusion in the charity sector.

Increasing diversity amongst trustees

NCVO guidance on increasing diversity amongst trustees.

Trustee diversity - does it matter?

Geetha Rabindrakumar shares her reflections and tips on the importance of diversity on the board and how to get it right, and on encouraging people with diversity of background and experience to give trusteeship a go .

You can also read Getha’s blog on trustee diversity.

Video and copy courtesy of Reach Volunteering