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Smaller charities to benefit from new Trustees Unlimited recruitment service
A new trustee recruitment service to help small not for profit organisations recruit a more diverse pool of talented trustees is being launched today by Trustees Unlimited, the joint venture trustee recruitment company from  NCVO, Bates Wells and Braithwaite and Russam GMS set up in November 2009. 
The new, cost effective service is an extension of Trustees Unlimiteds existing trustee recruitment offerings. It has been set up in response to significant demand from organisations with a turnover of less than 500K who want to access the growing numbers of professional people wanting to serve as trustees who are registered with Trustees Unlimited.
This basic version of the Trustees Unlimited recruitment service will be available for a one off fee of 750. It will include a briefing conversation with the selection committee of the recruiting organisation to ensure clarity on the type of trustee required and a search of suitable candidates from the Trustees Unlimited database of around one thousand people.
Ben Kernighan, Deputy Chief Executive, NCVO says, Leadership is a crucial area that all charities, regardless of their size, must get right if they want to ensure their long-term success so finding and recruiting the right trustees is a hugely important task. Trustees Unlimited has already successfully placed trustees in larger organisations and Im delighted we are expanding the service so smaller charities can access high calibre candidates at affordable prices.
Ian Joseph, Head of the Not for Profit Practice at Russam GMS added, Trustees Unlimited is committed to good governance in the sector. We want to make it easier for every not for profit organisation in the UK to recruit high quality trustees and this new inclusive and accessible service will make that possible.
Trustees Unlimited was established to help not for profit organisations solve the difficult challenge of trustee recruitment and recruit talented and professional trustees more easily. Research from NCVO highlighted that 43% of boards find it more difficult to recruit trustees today than five years ago 81% of charities rely on word of mouth recommendations to recruit trustees which can limit the talent pool, and 76% of trustees are over 45 years old which means that charities need to think about succession planning to replace them when they retire.
Since its launch, over 1,000 professionals looking for trustee roles have signed up to Trustees Unlimited there has been significant demand for trustees from not for profit organisations of all sizes and several trustee placements have been made in large not for profit organisations, such as Christian Aid, through to smaller organisations such as London based, Community Options. 


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