Recruiting board members is an important part of the development of your board but it should be remembered that now you need to keep the momentum going.
Start by reviewing your board member recruitment process – now that you have successfully recruited new board members, you should make note of what you have learned for next time, what went well and what was more challenging. Think about how you will continue to make your board an attractive and worthwhile opportunity.
By recording how you have decided to recruit board members now, while the process is still fresh in the organisations mind, the process will be much easier the next time you need to recruit.
Why not adapt our model policy template for your own policy? See Activity 11: board member recruitment policy.
Developing your board
The successful recruitment of new board members is not the end of the process. Your board should be committed to developing themselves, whether they are new or have been involved with the board for a number of years so they can do the best job for your organisation.
Development can be achieved in a number of ways and doesn't need to cost a lot of money. Consider whether you can allocate any money or resources to board member development – it doesn’t have to be much.
Options for development include:
- Training courses. These can either be run externally or by one of your board members, staff or volunteers with a particular skill. There are specialist courses available for sports organisations as well as more general ‘trustee training courses’. You may want to consider appointing someone to champion the need for training and development, so the board and its members allocate the appropriate time and resources to this.
- Letting board members shadow honorary officers (if you have them), volunteers or staff to find out more about the role or project.
- Long standing board members could mentor new board members.
How you develop your board is dependent on the skills of your current board members and what your budget will allow. If funding for training is an issue, your county sports partnership might be able to help you find funding for development.
Developing your board is particularly important if it is elected and representative, rather than appointed. You may not have the skills needed for an effective board but you can achieve some of these through development and appropriate training.
Remember that good board member recruitment is at the heart of an effective board and organisation. You might want to put board member recruitment on your board’s agenda as a rolling agenda item.
If you take time to select the right people with the right skills and knowledge, and invest in their development, you will have a strong and successful board that will be committed and passionate about their work.