Judi Dench: 'Practical support is just as important as the name on the letterhead'

Charity trustees Dame Judi Dench, Maxine Peake, writer Monica Ali and presenter Katie Piper tell us what they’ve learned from their chosen causes

Some 700,000 people in England and Wales support a charity by giving up their time to become a trustee, but there’s a lack of diversity (pdf) among those who do so: two-thirds are men, 92% are white, and most are aged 55-64.

To celebrate trustees’ week, the Charity Commission asked four prominent women why they became a charity trustee and what they have learned as a result. Here’s what they said:

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