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 charity’s governance framework is in alignment with the principles of the 'Charity Governance Code for Larger Charities', published by the Charity Commission in 2017, and refreshed in 2020. The charity is committed to maintaining the highest standards of governance and uses the code as a practical point of reference to drive a process of continual improvement built upon the code’s principles, rationales and key outcomes.
The Code’s seven principles cover organisation purpose; leadership; integrity; decision making, risk and control; board effectiveness; equality; diversity and inclusion; and openness and transparency.
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 five 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,
- 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.