Some people are unable to act as trustees, for reasons set out in the Charities Act 2011. One of these reasons is that they have previously been a trustee but have been removed on the grounds of mismanagement or misconduct. The Register of Removed Trustees provides details of anyone who has been removed as a trustee by the High Court or the Commission. It does not provide details of those who are disqualified for other reasons (for example, criminal convictions or insolvency).
For each disqualified person, we hold their name, address at the time of removal, the date when the order was made and the name of the charity concerned. Their details will remain unless we have entirely lifted the disqualification. This means they will still remain on the Register even if a disqualification is partially lifted, for example, allowing them to be a trustee under certain conditions.
Because it is an offence to act as a trustee whilst disqualified, all charities should have a vetting procedure in place to check that new and existing trustees are eligible to act. Checking the Register of Removed Trustees is one way to do this. It is also good practice for trustee boards to ask prospective trustees to confirm in writing that they are not disqualified. Our model declaration form can be used for this.
Search the Register of Removed Trustees
I want to find new trustees – things to think about before recruiting, and links to useful trustee recruitment resources.
Finding new trustees: what charities need to know – section E provides more information on disqualifications, waivers and the legal restrictions on who can act as a trustee.
Model trustee declaration – a form that trustees can sign to confirm that they are eligible to act as a trustee.
Reporting serious incidents – provides more information about vetting procedures.