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  4. Finding, recruiting and retiring board members to meet the organisation’s changing needs in line with the governing document, taking into account skills, experience and diversity
  5. Informal indication of interest

Principle 2

Informal indication of interest

Often adopted by small groups operating in local areas where potential new members are drawn from a very restricted pool of people.  Individuals may speak informally to existing committee or staff members.


  • Flexible
  • Requires little bureaucracy
  • May generate interest with minimal effort


  • May present limited opportunity to review relevant skills and experience or check whether they meet essential criteria for the role
  • It may restrict the ability to identify people with different skills, experience and backgrounds
  • It makes it less likely that diversity issues on the committee will be effectively addressed
  • It may also be difficult to be completely fair and consistent if choosing between applicants