Charity Commission (England and Wales)

The Charity Regulator for England and Wales is the Charity Commission.  Find out more about charities and regulation on their website.

Charity Commission England & Wales Website

Office for Scottish Charity Regulator

The regulator for charities in Scotland is OSCR: Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Scottish Charity Regulator

Managing your charity (England and Wales)

The Charity Commission's guidance on managing your charity.

Guide from Charity Commission

Managing your charity during Covid-19 pandemic (England and Wales)

The Charity Commission's guidance on managing your charity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 guidance from Charity Commission

Charity Governance Code

The Charity Governance Code is a tool to help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance.

View the Governance Code


Other topics in our resources section may also be of interest to Trustees, especially finance, risk, employment, and fundraising.

Effectiveness of charity trustees in England and Wales

In 2017, Cranfield Trust initiated some research into Trusteeship, in partnership with the Charity Commission, Cass Centre for Charity Excellence, and NCVO.

Taken on Trust Report

Essential trustee guide (England and Wales)

The Charity Commission's guidance on what you need to know and do as a charity trustee.

View guide

Duties of a Trustee (England and Wales)

Six main duties of a trustee: summary of trustee guidance from The Charity Commission.

View infographic

Essential Trustee Guide (Scotland)

OSCR's guidance and good practice for charity trustees.

View guide

Trustee priorities during a crisis

Cranfield Trust volunteer Stephen Cahill outlines what trusteees should be focusing on at a time of crisis.

Blog: Trustee focus during a crisis

Trustee skills audit checklist

Download the checklist

Trusteeship during Covid-19 pandemic

NPC's Charlotte Lamb on what charity trustees should be thinking about during the COVID-19 crisis

What should charity trustees be thinking about?

Top tips on charity governance

Cranfield Trust volunteer, Graham Colls, gives his advice on Desert Island Governance: top tips on governance from scratch.

Blog: Desert Island Governance

Trustees financial responsibilities and liabilities

Do your trustees know their financial responsibilities and liabilities? Cranfield Trust volunteer, Caroline Clark, shares her experience and knowledge.

Blog: Know your financial responsibilities and liabilities

Financial governance for non-finance trustees

An overview of financial governance for trustees.

Financial governance: a guide for the non financial trustee


Getting on Board

Getting on Board has a range of services and resources to help plan and recruit new trustees.

Visit website

Guide to trustee recruitment.

Download guide

Reach Volunteering

Reach Volunteering provides a trustee recruitment service for charities, free of charge or at low cost.

Visit website

Thinking about recruiting a trustee with digital skills? A blog from Reach's CEO, Janet Thorne, to guide you in recruitment.

Blog: Do I need a digital trustee?


Set up a charity (England and Wales)

Charity Commission guidance on setting up a new charity.

Charity Commission - step by step guide

Guidance from Small Charities Coalition on setting up a charity.

Simple guide for setting up a charity

Choosing the right structure for your organisation.

View guidance

Set up a charity (Scotland)

OSCR's guidance on establishing a new charity.

How to set-up a charity in Scotland

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