Trustee Quickfire questions

This page is designed to answer any initial questions you might have if you are considering joining us a trustee.

What is a trustee and why do you need them?

Every charitable organisation is required by law to employ a board of trustees to ensure the charity does what it says it’s there to do.

Trustees share the vision of the charity and are expected to represent their values at all times, as well as helping guide them to succeed, practically, in their day to day running and towards their future goals.

The Devon Community Foundation trustee structure is:


Do I have to have a specific skill to become a DCF trustee?

Not necessarily. Above all you must have a great passion for Devon and the work that Devon Community Foundation does.

In order have expertise on-hand for all aspects of the charity, it is preferable however, for us to have a board with a collective and wide range of skills and experience.

How much commitment do I need to give?

That will vary from person to person, but we want our trustees to be passionate and as dedicated to our cause as their time allows.

General responsibilities take up approximately 1.5 to 2 days a month.

What will I be required to do?

Above all to represent, promote and champion the work of DCF, whether it be in your current network or at other events that you may be asked to attend.

To help make DCF the best it can be on a strategic level, ensuring it runs smoothly and is set up to succeed into the future.

You will also be required to:

Attend four board meetings a year and an annual planning day.

Attend at least one group visit a year

Be active on at least one grant decision making panel 

Become a Lead Trustee in a specialised area.

What time do board meetings take place?

These usually take place in the daytime.


Our office is based in Tiverton but with our reach covering the whole of Devon, you may be required to travel to, or indeed from, much further afield.

How long am I expected to serve?

Trustees serve for 3 years and may stand for re-election for a further 3 years. It is also possible to be considered by the Board for a third term.

Will I complete an induction or any training for the role?

Yes, you will receive a full induction.

Will I be paid?

There is no pay but expenses can be reclaimed.

What will I get out of it?

You will get to meet and experience the work of incredible people and organisations in Devon doing great things to make their communities better, and an opportunity to use your skills, expertise and knowledge to make a great organisation (DCF) as good as it can be!

Any other questions?

Please feel free to contact us to find out more.

Read about our current trustees here.