Trustees are volunteers who are there to make sure Hackney Quest is running well and is doing what it was set up to do. This includes:

- working with the Director of Hackney Quest to help set the strategic direction of Hackney Quest;

- ensuring the charity manages its resources effectively and uses its funds appropriately for the activities it was raised for;

- ensuring Hackney Quest upholds good governance and meets its legal and regulatory obligations, including to the Charity Commission;

- acting as an ambassador and champion for the charity.


If you would be interested in becoming a trustee, please download and read the Role Summary. For full details, you can download our Trustee Handbook.

If you would like to apply to become a trustee, please download the application form, and send your completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , along with a covering email. If you have any queries, please email the same address.

Please note that trustee positions are voluntary. Expenses associated with meeting attendance are covered.

You can find full details about the trustee application process below.



We welcome applications from people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Decisions about trustee recruitment are made on the basis of what skills are needed at any given moment in time. Even if you are not asked to become a trustee, we will keep your application on file in case there is an opening for someone with your experience and skills at a later date. Please note that trustee positions are voluntary.

Apply by filling in the Application Form and sending us a covering email/letter

Your covering email/letter should include details of why you want to become a Trustee at Hackney Quest and what skills you would bring to the Trustee Board. If you have a current CV, please send that too. Hackney Quest will go through your application and look at how your skills contribute to the strategic needs of the trustee board and Hackney Quest more widely.


Once we have reviewed your application, we may ask you to come in for an interview to talk more about your experience, Hackney Quest and what your role would involve. 


After interview, we will make an assessment about whether your skills and experience are what the trustee board needs at this moment in time. We will then contact you to invite you to let you know if your application has been successful. Please note that even if we do not think you are right for a trustee role at this particular point in time, your skills and experience may make you a great candidate for other volunteering opportunities.

If you are invited to join the trustee board, we will do a DBS (criminal records) check and ask for two references.

Trustee Trial Period

Once we have checked your references and received the DBS check, we will invite you to attend a board meeting. This will give you a flavour of what it is like to be a trustee and whether you would like to formally stand for election at the next meeting.

Becoming a Trustee

At the next board meeting you will be able to stand for election to the board. You will formally become a trustee following a majority vote of trustees.

Induction and Ongoing Support

When you join the board you will be able to meet with the Chair before your first full board meeting to ask any questions that you have. There are also a number of free or low-cost training courses that trustees can attend. New trustees should also aim to attend one of the introduction to being a trustee courses within their first year.




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