Research reveals stress is causing trustees to consider quitting

A survey amongst charity trustees has revealed that more than a quarter have considered resigning from their positions due to the stress of the role.

The National Trustee Survey, which has been carried by research company nfpSynergy, in conjunction with charity publication, Third Sector found that more than 25 per cent of respondents had considered handing in their resignation due to the demands of being a trustee.

The research also found that:

  • 71 per cent of charity board members felt that what was required of trustees was increasing
  • 23 per cent said the pressure had become too much.
  • 27 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that they had considered quitting
  • 43 per cent felt it had become harder or much harder to bring in new recruits

The survey, which was also carried out in tandem with the charity leaders body Acevo and the leadership and governance programme Charity Futures, did highlight some positive aspects of being a trustee, with 81 per cent of respondents reporting that they felt valued by their board.

Sir Stephen Bubb, director of Charity Futures, said: “This survey is really telling us what many of us have felt, that there is a real issue at the heart of charity governance and we need to wake up [and] start seriously thinking about how we support them.”