Can anyone be a trustee?

Generally speaking anyone who is 18 years or over can be a trustee. However, certain people are legally disqualified from continuing to be, or from becoming a trustee. Obviously this will only effect a small minority of people. People who are disqualified are those who

  • have been convicted at any time of any offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the conviction is legally regarded as spent; or
  • are undischarged bankrupts; or
  • have made compositions or arrangements with their creditors from which they have not been discharged; or
  • have at any time been removed by the Commissioners or by the court in England, Wales (or by the Court of Sessions in Scotland) from being a trustee because of misconduct; or
  • are disqualified from being company directors; or
  • are subject to an order made under s. 429(2) (b) of the Insolvency Act 1986.

Quoted from the Charity Commission Website; ‘Trustee Responsibilities’.

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