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Safeguarding our vision, mission, values and reputation

Committees of the Board

The Board of Trustees as a whole is collectively responsible for delivering the long term success of the charity.

They do this by setting and safeguarding the vision, mission, values and reputation of the charity, providing oversight of the running of the organisation and ensuring that the organisation understands and complies with its legal and regulatory obligations.

The Board recognises that good governance arrangements are key to running an effective charity. The Board takes good governance seriously and seeks to comply with the recommendations of ‘Good Governance: A code for the Voluntary and Community Sector’ where appropriate.

The Board has a schedule of specific matters reserved to it for decision and it delegates specific duties to Committees of the Board.

They meet four times each year and additional meetings are convened as and when required.

The Board agrees an annual schedule of matters it wishes to consider at each of its meetings and those of its committees. The schedule ensures that all relevant matters are considered and receive appropriate attention. At Board meetings consideration is given to:

  • operational updates,
  • finance,
  • progress against strategic objectives,
  • risk and internal controls, and
  • various other reporting matters and items for approval that arise throughout the year.


Trustee Directors are appointed for an initial 3 year term. They are eligible to stand for a maximum of three terms (nine years in total).

On appointment, each Director is given an induction which provides them with information regarding:

  • the history of the charity,
  • their responsibilities as trustees and directors,
  • the regulatory environment,
  • the terms of reference and membership of Board and its committees,
  • information about the Company’s corporate governance practices and procedures, and
  • the latest financial information about the charity.

New trustees meet with other members of the Board and the Executive Team and are encouraged to visit the charity’s nationwide offices.

Trustees receive regular updates throughout the year about the charity’s performance and the regulatory environment in which they operate.

The structure of the board of trustees

Board Committees

Audit and Risk Committee

Membership: Tim Frost (Chair), David Coates, Josh Bell, Dame Suzi Leather, Chris Stern

The Audit and Risk Committee have 4 scheduled meetings each year and additional meetings are convened as and when required.

The Audit and Risk Committee reviews the adequacy and effectiveness of the charity’s systems of internal controls and risk management.

Remuneration Committee

Membership: Sue Lewis (Chair), John Fingleton, Monica Kalia

The Remuneration Committee determines the overall framework of the remuneration policy.

Nomination Committee

Membership: Chris Stern (Interim Chair), David Coates, Sue Lewis

The role of the Nomination Committee is to review the structure, size, and composition of the Board, including skills, knowledge and experience; identify and nominate for Board approval candidates to fill Board vacancies; consider succession planning for Directors and other Senior Managers; and consider and review any conflicts of interest that may be reported by the Directors.

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